The City of Burlington is inching closer to approving a plan to develop the waterfront area at the foot of Brant Street where Spencer Smith Park currently lies into a world class park for residents and visitors alike. The plan involves 6 six unique areas including Spencer Smith Park, The Living Shoreline, The Strand, The Wind Beach, The Commons and The Skyway. A reconfiguration of the current lakefront will allow for one continuous public park. The plan has been in development for almost 10 years and is projected to cost more than $51 million.
The 6 Areas of the Proposed Park Are:
Spencer Smith Park
The current role the park has will be maintained which allows the area to hold festivals such as The Sound of Music and Ribfest. The well-known park is the foundation of Downtown Burlington and includes the Brant Street Pier, a childrens play area, and ungraded promenade, new lighting, and more.
The Living Shoreline
Right beside Spencer Smith Park, this area will include an Aboriginal gas fire circle overlooking the water, non-motorized boat access, and a First Nations Interpretation Area directly across the street from Joseph Brant Museum. A new shoreline boardwalk is also planned.
The Strand is a traditional beach area which will have children's play and water-theme play areas, changerooms, bicycle repair stations, bottle fill stations, and non-motorized boat access.
The Wind Beach
Envisioned to be a natural and educational area by planners, The Wind Beach wil have beach access as well as a Dune boardwalk and natural wooded protected trails.
To be used for small-scale cultural and festival events. Along Lakeshore Road will have a very inviting landscape drawing people to the volleyball courts, lawn bowling facilities, a pond for remote control boating in the summer and skating in the winter. They're also planning a patio over the water.
The Skyway and Federal Pier
Envisioned as the anchor point of the new development, it will include and active lift bridge, observation areas for Great Lakes ships entering the Burlington Canal, and a direct cycling connection to Hamilton as well as upgrades to the federal pier.
An additional 368 parking spaces in another part of the plan which will add to the 1,800 already there.
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