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Elgin Promenade Complete: Centennial Trail now runs from Burloak Drive to Brant Street, Connecting East Burlington with the Downtown

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*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — July 22, 2022 — The fourth and final phase of the Elgin Promenade, between Pearl Street and Martha Street, is now finished and marks the final piece to complete the Centennial Trail that runs from Brant Street to Burloak Drive. The Centennial Trail is an important connection from East Burlington to the downtown for cyclists and pedestrians who use the trail for recreation, exercise or commuting to and from work.

Today, Mayor Marianne Meed Ward; Ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns; the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Burlington; Natalie Pierre, Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities and Member of Provincial Parliament for Burlington; City staff and others were in attendance to cut the ribbon and provide remarks at the grand opening.

In July 2021, the City of Burlington received $852,200 in Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) – COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream funding for four projects including the Elgin Promenade, Stage 4. The Government of Canada provided $681,760 and the Government of Ontario’s contribution was $170,440. The Elgin Promenade project was allocated $150,000.

About the Elgin Promenade

The Elgin Promenade is a key pedestrian and cycling link that connects East Burlington to the downtown. The trail passes by many shops, restaurants and establishments and is punctuated by two public art pieces: Main Squeeze and the Portal.

Features of the new section of the promenade include:

  • Curving, organic design layout of amenities and paving
  • Space for pop-up events
  • Custom and passive seating elements
  • Large shade trees for filtered shade
  • Continuation of the 4m wide promenade and paving, bollards, lighting to match the existing promenade phases)
  • Perennial and shrub plantings
  • Several site amenities, including seating (AODA accessible), see-saw bench, bike racks, garbage bins and a bike repair station
  • Shared lawn space
  • Water fountain and water misters

We are especially grateful to  Seferian Design Group, an award winning landscape architectural firm based right here in downtown Burlington, which designed the promenade.

Quick Facts

  • About the Covid-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP): In August 2020, the Federal government announced adjustments to the ICIP program to help provinces and territories, and ultimately municipalities, deal with the financial pressures brought on by COVID-19. This new stream of funding is designed to deliver more infrastructure projects during the pandemic by increasing the types of eligible projects and accelerating approvals.
  • The City received ICIP funding for four City projects:
    • Elgin Promenade, Stage 4 ($150,000)
    • Design and construction of Palmer Trail ($350,000)
    • City Hall Customer Service Window Renovation ($177,200)
    • Roads, Parks and Forestry Operations Centre renovation ($175,000)

“The completed Elgin Promenade is a beautiful and vibrant addition to Burlington’s downtown core. The City is committed to promoting inclusivity and accessibility for all residents — the promenade connects East Burlington to downtown on an accessible path. I’ve already seen people out enjoying the many features of this area, such as the mister (great on a hot day!), teeter-totter, water fountain, and benches that are great for taking a breather on a summer day. Thank you to the community for your feedback throughout the planning process and thank you to all City staff, government partners, and designer Seferian Design Group, who all played a part in completing this project. Your hard work truly makes our City better.” – Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

“I would like to acknowledge our government partners for the support we’ve received for this project. The completed trail benefits our downtown with increased access to green space and trails and encourages visitors to explore, spend locally and enjoy everything downtown Burlington has to offer.” – Ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns, City of Burlington

“The completion of the Centennial Trail is exciting news for our community, connecting Burloak to Brant Street and allowing cyclists and pedestrians to get around safely and conveniently. Our government will continue to partner with provinces and municipalities to improve the quality of life of Canadians.” — the Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of Families, Children & Social Development & Member of Parliament for Burlington

“Whether you live in East Burlington or downtown, the new Elgin Promenade provides a key walking and cycling link that connects neighbourhoods in our community. This project was inspired by feedback from area residents and became a reality as a result of the City, provincial and federal governments working together to get things done for our community.” – Natalie Pierre, Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Colleges & Universities & Member of Provincial Parliament for Burlington

“The completion of the Elgin Promenade and its four phases has been a tremendous amount of work. Staff have put in a lot of good, strategic thought and consultation into this project and it shows. This finishes the Centennial Trail which is a major thoroughfare for cyclists and pedestrians to go from the eastern most edge of Burlington, all the way to downtown.” – Scott Hamilton, Director of Engineering Services, City of Burlington

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