November 24 Lakeside public meeting


A canoe launch and formal gardens are just some of the ideas planned for the Burloak Waterfront Park.

To find out what else is on the plan, the City of Burlington is inviting you to a meeting to discuss improvements to the lakeside southeast area of our city on Tuesday, November 24, 7 - 9 p.m. at Robert Bateman High School Cafeteria, 5151 New Street. They want your feedback on an updated plan, which includes Skyway Arena, Lakeside Plaza and the Burloak Waterfront Park.

Please confirm your attendance by email to lakesidevision@burlington.ca. If you can't attend the session, please visit http://www.burlington.ca/lakesidevision after Nov. 24 to complete a brief survey.

Burloak Waterfront Park background

In 2002 the City, Town of Oakville, Conservation Halton and the Region completed a Master Plan update for the park. It was confirmed that the vision for Burloak Park as a predominantly passive park should continue.

The changes made through that Master Plan were a significant departure from the 1986 Master Plan which was based on significant lake filling. The revised plan include picnic areas, bicycling/walking paths, play structures and open space for passive recreational pursuits.

The work completed in the Regional Park to date includes:

• Implementation of the shoreline protection works and rock-pier accesses to the Lake; • Multi-use playground structure; • Parking lot in west section (20 spots); • Pedestrian island on Lakeshore Road; and • Pedestrian barrier along west shale bluffs.

Since the 2002 Master Plan update was completed 12 years ago, Regional staff, in cooperation with staff from the Town of Oakville, City of Burlington and Conservation Halton, revisited the Master Plan.

The updated plan identifies a mix of natural areas/meadows and formal gardens for a varied passive experience and the creation of an interconnected pathway system. It also combines open, unprogrammed space with formal gardens and provides opportunities to launch small nonmotorized recreational boats such as canoes and kayaks.

A much needed public washroom facility is also being considered for the site which could make use of a new proposed wastewater pumping station to further enhance efficiencies and the usability of the park space.

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