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POST CONSTRUCTION EVALUATION FOR THE EAST HAMILTON RECREATIONAL TRAIL HUB AND WATERFRONT TRAIL

As a follow up to the 2008 Pre-Construction Evaluation of the East Hamilton Recreational Trail Hub and Waterfront Link, we are conducting a survey this month over a period of 5 days. The survey station will be located at Lakeland Centre in Confederation Park. The survey is scheduled for different times each day in order to target a variety of users. You can participate by visiting survey station on Wednesday July 18th and Thursday July 19th from 3pm - 7pm, Friday July 20th from 10am - 2pm, Sunday July 22nd from 9am - 5pm, Monday July 23rd and Tuesday July 24th from 7am-11am.

If you miss the opportunity to fill out the survey in paper at the park please click on the link below and complete the survey online:

Online survey results will be accepted until July 31st, 2012.

Your participation is appreciated!


THE PROJECT

The East Hamilton Recreational Trail Hub and Waterfront Link will be a critical component in the development of Hamilton’s recreational trail network, stimulating the improved health of Ontario residents through recreational opportunities, habitat restoration and reduction of vehicular trips. This project is a strategic initiative of the Hamilton City Council and supported provincially through the Waterfront Regeneration Trust’s Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail, serving 41 Ontario municipalities. The pedestrian bridge proposed over the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) will create a safe link to the waterfront over the barrier of the QEW traffic lanes. The pedestrian bridge is designed to cross the Red Hill Creek wetland with no impact of related footings to this environmental resource.

This project includes a Recreational Trail Hub at the area’s former landfill sites, which would provide a soccer field, multi-purpose court, and parking as a recreation node.

The trail and Waterfront Link will be barrier-free and include interpretive signage highlighting the area’s heritage. An important part of the plan is the habitat restoration of the former landfills in this area which will include a habitat restoration with plant materials

BACKGROUND
The current Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail through Hamilton is an integral part of the 650 km trail extending from the Niagara Region to Quebec. The vision of the waterfront trail has been coordinated through the Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT) in Toronto.

The East Hamilton Recreational Trail Hub and Waterfront Link has been identified by the WRT, as one of 34 priority projects across Ontario in its “Closing the Gaps” waterfront trail strategy.

The April 25, 2007 presentation of Hamilton’s Trail Master Plan to Hamilton’s Council, noted that its top priority was the provision of trails in east Hamilton, which is under serviced in recreational opportunities. The Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEW) is currently a major barrier for pedestrians and cyclists in East Hamilton who wish to access the Waterfront Trail. The waterfront link proposal would provide a pedestrian / cycling bridge gateway feature over the QEW, to link the Red Hill Valley Trail with the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.

The pedestrian bridge linkage will greatly enhance direct connections from the east Hamilton communities to the waterfront. This multi-use recreational trail link via the bridge will reduce the need for the public to drive to the Hamilton Beachfront and park their vehicles there


PROJECT STATUS

Hamilton, ON – May 6, 2011 – The City of Hamilton completed work on a new trail connection and pedestrian gateway crossing over the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and Red Hill Creek. The trail connection, known as the East Hamilton Trail and Waterfront Link, is a critical component in the development of Hamilton’s recreational trail network and creates a safe off-road connection to the waterfront over the barrier of the QEW traffic lanes.

Construction work on the $14M project began in the summer of 2009 and was fully funded by the Province’s Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative funding.

The project includes a barrier-free, accessible paved trail from Van Wagner’s Beach Road to Brampton Street and the extension of the Red Hill Valley Trail from Brampton Street to Barton Street. The recreational trail hub component of the project consists of a redeveloped parking area at the waterfront entrance, a habitat restoration zone on the area’s former landfill sites, a multi-purpose court and picnic area to be included in the redeveloped Woodward Park and interpretive signage highlighting the area’s heritage at the trail head locations in the Red Hill Valley. Restoration work is scheduled for completion later this year and construction of recreation amenities at Woodward Park will occur in 2012.

The bridge links hundreds of kilometres of trail in Southern Ontario, and its "fireweed red" hue (the same colour used on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge) creates a signature gateway feature for East Hamilton. It spans 200 metres from the top of the former Brampton Street landfill and opens up more recreational areas providing access to the trail systems, including the Red Hill Valley trail, and new recreational facilities identified in the Rennie Street End-Use plan.


PROJECT REFERENCES AND IMAGES

Pedestrian Bridge Renderings


PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE
A Public Information Centre was held at the Lakeland Centre on June 10, 2008.

Comments were collected and analyzed. Designers have been working hard to accommodate all interest groups and have come up with a revised master plan. This plan can be seen on the trail website.

As part of the City's ongoing commitment to improving trail quality, a waterfront trail user survey was conducted on random days between September 27, 2008 and October 7, 2008. The results of this survey will help gather valuable information which will be used in future trail design and improvement.

Click on the link below to view or download material presented at the PIC:


For further information please contact:

Steven Barnhart, MLA, OALA
Landscape Architectural Services
Public Works Department
77 James Street North, Suite 320
Hamilton, Ontario
L8R 2K3
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2347
Fax: 905-546-4515
E-mail:
steven.barnhart@hamilton.ca

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