World class legacy park planned for Burlington Beach

imagerec_burlington_beach_regional_waterfront_park_01Work is about to begin on the Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park to transform it into a world class destination over the next 25 years. On Wednesday, May 27, Regional Council approved the park’s long-term Master Plan, which builds on six unique areas within the Regional park.

The Plan illustrates how the park will become a legacy, four-season urban waterfront experience that will attract visitors from far and wide to our beautiful region. The premise is to develop a series of distinct character areas that celebrate the diversity, and unique characteristics and landscapes within the park so that visitors will explore beyond their intended destination.

Some highlights include:

  • Accessible beach areas
  • Dune and significant natural area rehabilitation
  • Flexible “Green” parking areas
  • Exercise stations
  • Artisan and market buildings and washrooms
  • Flexible special events space
  • A diverse interpretive and education program
  • Fire circles/ warming stations
  • Shoreline and dune boardwalks
  • Unique children’s play areas
  • Sports facilities for beach volleyball, bocciball and multi-use courts

The Region in collaboration with the City of Burlington and Conservation Halton, Regional and City Advisory Committees, including feedback from local residents, developed the Plan with careful consideration over several years. Council directed staff to ensure it balances recreational, educational, cultural and tourist opportunities, while still being environmentally sensitive to preserve the complex ecosystem in the area.

We are so fortunate in Halton to have this extraordinary resource. It is one of the only natural sand beaches in a downtown urban context that is fully accessible to the general public in North America. It also contributes significantly to the identity and culture of Downtown Burlington and the region. I am proud to be a part of this Council who is committed to keeping Halton a great and beautiful place to live and visit today and for generations to come.

For more details about the Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park Master Plan to see visual concepts, please visit www.halton.ca/burlingtonbeach.

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