Our firm was prime consultant for the Lakeshore Gateway Park Redevelopment in Burlington, located at the southeast corner of Maple Avenue and Lakeshore Road. This project consists primarily of intersection enhancements, streetscaping, a pedestrian plaza, and pedestrian connections from Lakeshore Road to new features in Spencer Smith Park. It was executed in tandem with the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction contract, for which we also provided design services.
This project required superior technical and organizational skills, due to the complexity of the site. Major technical constraints included: the challenge of placing a major design feature adjacent to lands under the authority of Trans-Northern Pipeline, the presence of a major telecommunications trunk line bisecting the western portion of the project site, planting height restrictions as determined by Ontario Hydro, and severe environmental conditions during winter in the form of ice in the areas of the public walkway closest to Lake Ontario’s shoreline. Lakeshore Gateway Park was awarded to our firm in February 2004. We completed the public consultation process by mid-summer and concluded with construction documents to the City for tender in July 2004.
Although City Council had previously approved an overall park conceptual design, refinement of the concept was included as part of our responsibilities. Public consultation is an important part of this design process, due to the high profile of this park in the City of Burlington.