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Resident Input Needed to Complete Burlington’s Elgin Street Promenade


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

Burlington, Ont. — July 27, 2020 — The Elgin Street Promenade construction is entering its final phase and residents are asked to pick one of two carefully thought-out designs. Each design option will:

  • maximize the space,
  • fit the area design,
  • is visually appealing and
  • accessible.

The design and material will be similar to the rest of the walkway such as lighting, bollards and pavement. Since the east section of the walkway is wider, there is an opportunity to increase the use from a through-way to a space to rest.

The remaining space has been designed to accommodate a variety of users and fosters active play, passive seating, shade, creativity, and interest in the downtown core. Both proposed concepts will be public spaces that are accessible and comfortable to use by people of ages and abilities.

“This final section will be a key multi-modal link and an important public space for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. It will connect the downtown to the Centennial Multi-Use Pathway and the east side of the city for years to come.” — Marion Rabeau, Landscape Architect, City of Burlington

Once the promenade is complete, it will be a beautiful multi-use pathway connecting Brant Street to Martha Street and the Centennial Multi-Use Pathway.

To view and vote for your preferred design, go to

Online voting will be open until Aug. 14, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Construction of the final plan is expected to begin in the spring of 2021.

About the Elgin Street Promenade

The Elgin Promenade serves as a pedestrian and cycling corridor that extends from Brant Street to Martha Street connecting the downtown core to the Centennial Multi-Use Pathway. This connected urban landscape provides a range of great spaces for social interaction. The final phase (Phase 4) of the Elgin Promenade is the connection from Pearl Street to Martha Street.

The Promenade also features beautiful public art installations, “Portal” and “Main Squeeze”.

Phase 4 aligns with the following sections of the City’s Vision to Focus Plan:

  • Improve integrated city mobility
  • Support sustainable infrastructure and a resilient environment
  • Building more citizen engagement, community health and culture

The success of the Elgin Promenade to date is a direct result of the number of stakeholders that have participated in the development of this multi-use pathway facility. Formal engagement with the downtown business community, members of council, advisory committees and area residents started in 2017. Since the project started, there have been two formal public information sessions and other related initiatives such as the Urban Parks Strategy Workshop and Downtown Streetscape Guidelines public engagement process.

For more information on the Elgin Street Promenade, go to To view design options and to vote, visit


As the Elgin Promenade project enters this final design phase, I am excited to see the community’s feedback on the proposed ideas. The end result will ensure we have a more vibrant and engaging outdoor space to connect vital areas of our downtown core.


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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