The city is proceeding with plans to construct a bike/pedestrian promenade from the Centennial bike path that currently ends at Martha Street through to Elgin Street in downtown Burlington.
The first section of this path will be constructed through the parking lot north of Village Square, between Pearl and Elizabeth streets. The lot was scheduled for resurfacing so the city is taking this opportunity to construct the path along the northern edge of the lot, where there is currently a sidewalk.
Plans call for a five meter wide path that would allow walkers and cyclists in two directions, along with benches and tree plantings. The redesign would eliminate seven parking spaces in this lot, however there are discussions about reconfiguring the large parking lot across the street to add an additional four spaces, for a net loss of three spaces.
At this point, construction is planned for the fall, after Ribfest on Labour Day weekend. The work is expected to take about three months.
The total budget is $225,000. The city has received $37,000 in federal funding through the Canada 150 Fund. In addition, the Burlington Downtown Business Association is contributing $50,000 to the project.
City staff are planning to hold a public open house in the spring to release designs, and provide an opportunity for comments and questions. Watch this space for details once the date is set.