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Bucky the Tile Town Beaver, with Mayor Joe Fontana, Carver Robbin Wenzoski, HRABA Vice-President Dave Broostad

This was published by The Londoner

Meet Bucky the Beaver

By Shobhita Sharma, Londoner Friday, June 22, 2012 


It was a trunk-load of success for the Hamilton Road Business Association as Mayor Joe Fontana unveiled a beaver-shaped carved tree trunk June 22.

“Bucky” – the beaver is located in front of the Tile Town on Hamilton Road and is the first of 11 carvings that will go up around the area as a part of the Hamilton Road Tree Trunk Tour.

“Not only are we the Forest City, we are also a city that likes to use trees in a very, very creative way,” Fontana said. “This is going to be the tree carving alley or corridor.”

The project started with a carved elm tree trunk at the corner of Hamilton Road and Egerton Street.

The business association announced the project last September at their annual general meeting as a measure to infuse life into the area. The group views Hamilton Road as a major route leading to the city’s downtown core and the John Labatt Centre, where the world championships will be held in a couple of years.

“There are 40,000 cars going down Highbury avenue everyday — 30,000 (vehicles) drive up and down Wellington Road and 22,000 drive up and down Hamilton Road,” said Dave Broostad of the Hamilton Road Business Association. “What we are trying to do here is  get more people to drive on Hamilton Road.”

The tree trunk project is a collaboration between the business association, Tourism London, London-based STIHL Chainsaws and Thames Valley secondary school.

Broostad said the next carving will be going on by London Public Library’s Crouch branch also located on Hamilton Road.

The business association expects all 11 commissioned tree trunks to be carved and ready before the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships.

“It’s all going to culminate with (a carving of) a figure skating couple… at Hamilton and Highbury Avenue and it is going to be the showcase, hopefully, of the World Figure Skating Championships,” Broostad said.

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