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Pier 8 Promenade Park design concepts to open for public viewing on August 24

HAMILTON, ON - August 8, 2017 - The City of Hamilton today announced that the design concepts created by the shortlisted design teams for the Pier 8 Promenade Park design competition will be presented to the public for the first time at a showcase on Thursday, August 24 from 12:45 pm until 4:30 pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion.

Following the design showcase, the six designs will then be moved over to the Lister Block at 28 James Street North for display (also during Supercrawl) and can be viewed online at from Thursday August 24 until September 10.

Images of the park design proposals will be provided to the media prior to the design showcase on August 24.

The in-person and online options will give the public the chance to review the design concepts and provide comment on how well the design teams have incorporated the park vision, design objectives and program elements into their design concepts.

Jury members

When the public review period closes, a volunteer jury of experts will select the winning design based on design excellence, innovation, response to the vision and goals for the park, and community opinions. The winning design is expected to be announced the week of September 18. Construction on the park is anticipated to begin in spring 2018.

Members of the jury include:

  • Linda Irvine, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA, Manager, Parks and Open Space Development, Town of Markham, Ontario
  • Nadia Amoroso, BLA, MUD, PhD, ASLA, Director, Nadia Amoroso Studio and Professor, University of Guelph
  • Kelly Gilbride, OAA, P. Eng., CAHP, LEED AP, Partner, Stevens Burgess Architects Ltd. (SBA)
  • James Parakh, OAA, Urban Design Manager - Toronto & East York, City of Toronto
  • Erik Hess, OALA
  • Mario Patitucci, OALA, CSLA, Principal, Adesso Design Inc.
  • Shelley Falconer, President and CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton

“We are very excited to have such a talented group of firms from across the country putting forward their design concepts for our next great waterfront space. We also want to hear the thoughts and opinions of many Hamiltonians who we hope will be enjoying this public space for generations to come.” - Jason Thorne, General Manager, Planning and Economic Development

Additional resources & information

  • The Promenade Park, approved by Council as part of the Pier 7+8 Urban Design Study, is an integral feature in the City of Hamilton’s bold vision for an accessible, inclusive, diverse and mixed-use waterfront district
  • The six competing design teams are led by: MBTW Group; Hargreaves Associates; Janet Rosenberg & Studio; Forrec Ltd.; PFS Studio; and gh3  
  • Design competition costs, including design team stipends and jury costs, will be covered through an $185,000 donation from the Patrick J. McNally Charitable Foundation, as part of the foundation’s pilot project to enhance and improve public spaces in Hamilton
  • View more information about the Pier 8 Promenade Park
  • Learn more about Hamilton's Waterfront Redevelopment