West Harbour Key Project - Pier 8 Promenade Park

Pier 8 Promenade Park Rendering

The City of Hamilton is creating a promenade park on Pier 8 where visitors will enjoy access to the water’s edge. The promenade park, approximately 30 metres wide along the north and east edges of Pier 8, will be a vibrant space for a variety of activities and waterfront amenities.

This unique opportunity to shape Hamilton’s West Harbour waterfront calls for a unique design process. In order to create an innovative park that reflects the community’s vision for the waterfront, the City of Hamilton will host a design competition. Prominent designers and landscape architects will compete to have their interpretation of the community’s vision selected as the final design for the promenade park.

Rendering of the Pier 8 Promenade Park in West Harbour

Project timeline

April 4 to 27, 2017: Design Competition for Pier 8 Promenade Park launched and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) open to design community

April 20, 2017: Public meeting to review the park vision, objectives and elements

May 8 to July 20, 2017: Request for Proposals (RFP) open to shortlisted design competition participants

Week of July 24, 2017: Staff review submitted design proposals for technical feasibility

Late July until mid-August 2017: Design proposals are publicly presented at a public meeting and open for public comment online

Late August 2017: Jury reviews design proposals and public comments to determine competition winner

Early September 2017: Winning design is announced

Mid-September 2017 until late January 2018: Detailed design and tender documents are prepared

February 2018: Project is released to tender

Spring 2018:  Construction on the park begins

Submit your comments

You can help us make Hamilton’s newest waterfront park a reality!

Were you were unable to attend the April 20th public meeting about Pier 8 Promenade Park? You can now review the presentation material including: the project background, park vision, proposed objectives and elements. View the presentation slides (PDF, 743 KB) and discussion guide (PDF, 143 KB).

As you read through the presentation material, consider:

  • Is there a specific objective missing or one that could be removed?
  • Is there a required program element you think should be removed, added or could be optional?
  • Is there an optional program element you think should be removed, added or should be required?
  • What do you feel are the most important objectives and elements the design teams should address in their proposals for the park?

How to submit comments

You can submit your comments to diedre.rozema@hamilton.ca.
Comments deadline: End of day on April 27. 

Your feedback will be shared with design competition participants for consideration in their design proposals.  

Limited Design Competition for Promenade Park

The design vision, objectives and programmatic options for Pier 8 Promenade Park were included in the Pier 7 + 8 Urban Design Study and approved by Council in 2016.

City staff presented an overview of the design competition process and a summary of the design vision, objectives and programmatic options for Pier 8 Promenade Park to the West Harbour Development Sub-Committee on Monday, April 3, 2017:

Project documents can be viewed at www.biddingo.com/hamilton.