Things are about to look very different along the waterfront of Burlington.
It'll take time, but the plans are huge.
By the end of 20-25 years, you'll be able to enjoy 6 separate components:
- Spencer Smith Park
- The Living Shoreline
- The Strand
- The Wind Beach
- The Commons
- The Skyway/Federal Pier
Let's take a closer look at each of these, and what the plan is.
Spencer Smith Park: The park has been used for festivals and events, and will continue to do so. The updating will include an upgraded promenade, new lighting and a new event space.
The Living Shoreline: This cultural destination will include an Aboriginal gas fire circle gathering space as well as a First Nations Interpretation Area. There will also be a boardwalk and a viewing area.
The Strand: This natural beach/swimming area will include another natural fire circle, outdoor exercise area, water bottle refilling station and bike repair stations, as well as a realignment of the existing walking trail.
The Wind Beach: This natural and educational area will include a dune boardwalk and natural wooded protected trails.
The Commons: This area will be used for smaller cultural events, and will include an artisan marketplace. There are also plans for volleyball courts, lawn bowling facilities, as well as a pond for skating and remote control boats.
The Skyway/Federal Pier: The anchor of the park will include the lift bridge, various marine interpretive areas and observation areas for the Great Lakes ships.
This massive plan will happen in phases, broken down into the first five years costing $6.5 million, the next four years costing $14 million and the final 15 years costing $31.1 million.