Makeover of lakefront Burlington park begins

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Published July 4, 2024 at 10:10 am

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Upgrades to several lakefront Burlington parks begin this month as part of a two-year overhaul to the shoreline.

The Windows-to-the-Lake project has already seen the completion of work at the foot of Walkers Line, now the attention will turn to the Appleby Place location.

Windows-to-the-Lake are small park settings along the shoreline, connecting Burlington residents to Lake Ontario.

“They are a place to meet, take a rest, observe nature, listen to the waves, watch weather move across the water, and enjoy the beauty of sunsets over the lake,” according to the City of Burlington.

The entire Windows-to-the-Lake project will take place over the next two years with each site renewal providing a paved pathway and accessible seating.

Work this month at Appleby Place will include:

  • Tree removals on the slope to the lake (already completed)
  • Shoreline reconstruction
  • Removal of existing light standard
  • Permeable pavement service area around the existing forcemain utility area
  • Concrete walkways
  • Accessible ramp entrance
  • A new thin profile retaining wall adjacent to the proposed ramp, to protect existing black locust trees
  • A decorative pedestrian guard at the top of the lake bank
  • Park identification sign and interpretive signage
  • Site furnishings – benches, waste receptacle, bike rack, bollards
  • Trees, shrubs and planting bed

The Appleby Place phase of the work is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The Green Street portion of the Windows-to-the-Lake project is expected to begin next year.

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