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Elgin promenade public meeting May 16, 7:30pm, AGB

Project completion expected March 2018

The City of Burlington is building a new multi-use pathway in the downtown which will ultimately connect the Centennial Multi-Use Pathway to Brant Street. This pedestrian facility will accommodate both people and cyclists safely and provide access to adjacent walkways, shops and restaurants along its length. Paving materials, textures, urban trees, shade structures and site furnishings will be used along the route to make it friendly for all users and abilities.
A public meeting has been called to gather input on features and connections along the pathway.

Date: May 16, 7:30pm
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Road


In late March it was announced that the City of Burlington is to receive both Canada 150 and Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) financial support for the design and construction of  this project. As a result, timelines have been adjusted to meet the deadlines of the funding criteria (March 2018). The City and the Burlington Downtown Business Association are also contributing to the project.

The first leg of the project will be constructed through the north end of the lot on the north side of Village Square between Pearl and Elizabeth streets. Overall there will be some reduction of spaces in the parking lots, yet to be quantified, and staff is working on various ways to add parking supply in the general area to compensate. More details to come.

For additional information, visit the project page here: Downtown Pathway

A notice of construction was delivered to residents and businesses in the immediate area. A copy is here: LTR-Notice of Construction-Phase 1 Elgin Promenade-042817


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.


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  1. Businesses already hurting from lack of parking. Definitely need to find replacements for those taken away.The promenade will be lovely as long as there isn’t negative impact to small business

    • businesses are hurting from people too lazy to park in the locust street structure.
      It’s almost always empty and it’s two blocks from lot 5 that they just circle and circle until a spot opens up.

    • My mother’s hairdresser was on Martha and she can’t walk far so I would drop her there and find a spot sometimes. The hairdresser left because of the parking situation.

    • hopefully that opened up some space for another business.
      downtown has too many hairdressers as it is.

    • You’ll never know how a bit of a walk can be a challenge. I’ll put a bug in your ear… not too many years from now you’ll wish there were spaces marked for people who are not quite crippled, but heading that way.
      Every step will be a hurdle. Every stair will be a mountain.

    • Peter Goddard fun fact; those people already get free parking any time, any place (fire routes i think may be the only exception) they want with a valid, properly displayed permit in the window of their car.

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