Here’s What’s Happening with Burlington’s Waterfront Park
Back in May of 2015, for those who are unaware, Halton Regional council approved a Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park Master Plan. The goal of this plan, according to the Halton Region's website, was to maximize public accessibility to the region's waterfront by increasing the amount of public space, and to provide a number of cultural, recreational, and tourism opportunities along the waterfront.
And in order to achieve this, some work is being done.
Currently, according to the region's website, the work will be carried out in two phases.
Phase one, which was completed in 2017, consisted of installing an upgraded gazebo, a concrete walkway, pedestrian lighting and benches, and additional tree and perennial plantings.
Phase two, which was supported in part by a Canada 150 grant, included making waterfront promenade improvements (new bollards and asphalt surfacing), adding new railing along the west end of the concrete wall, concrete surfacing at seating areas at the pathway at the west end of the park, and the renewal of the short concrete wall between the upper and lower promenade.
Implementation studies are expected to begin this summer as part of the next step in the planning and development for Burlington Beach. The studies, as noted on the region's website, will create the technical input that is needed to finish future projects.
Planned future projects include cultural heritage planning and implementation, related technical studies and monitoring, habitat restoration and dune protection, and additional boardwalks.
As noted in a previous inhalton article, and in the Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Master Plan report linked above, the plan is divided into six areas: Spencer Smith Park, The Living Shoreline, The Strand, The Wind Beach, The Commons, and The Skyway and Federal Pier.
"While each area is a destination in itself, they are designed and will be programmed to function as a continuous and complementary waterfront park experience throughout all-seasons," reads the report.
The investment required to implement the waterfront park was approved by regional council as part of the 2016 Budget, and is expected to be $51.8 million between 2015 and 2035.
Photos are courtesy of the Halton Region.