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Pier 8 Promenade Park design proposals to be revealed tomorrow

HAMILTON, ON - August 23, 2017 - Tomorrow, on August 24, the public will get the first opportunity to view the design concepts created by the shortlisted design teams for the Pier 8 Promenade Park design competition. The reveal will take place at a showcase from 12:45 to 4:30 pm at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion.

Design concepts

The six design concepts and design teams:

Park Design Proposal by Forrec Ltd.

Proposal 1: “Hamilton: Hammer City”

by Forrec Ltd. with CIMA+; exp Services Inc.; Creative Irrigation Solutions Inc. (CIS); Andrew Davies Public Art Consulting; and Altus


Park Design Proposal for gh3

Proposal 2: “Pier 8 Escarpment Park”

by gh3 with Lightemotion; Applied Wayfinding; Moses Structural Engineers; Moon Matz; Fabian Papa and Partners; Brad Golden & Co.; Creative Irrigation Solutions Inc. (CIS); and BTY


PArk Design Proposals by Hargraeves

Proposal 3: “VIEW Hamilton: Past Present Future”

by Hargreaves Associates with Invizij Architects; MTE Consultants; Smart Watering Systems; Suzanne Powadiuk Design; Public Art Management (PAM); and A.W. Hooker Quantity Surveyors


Park Design Proposal for Janet Rosenberg & Studio

Proposal 4: “Cove”

by Janet Rosenberg & Studio with Teeple Architects; Ombrages-Eclairage Public; Dew; exp Services Inc.; Art Strategies Inc.; Smart Watering Systems; and Turner & Townsend


Park Design Proposal for PFS Studio

Proposal 5

By PFS Studio with OMC Landscape Architecture; Bortolotto; public art consultant Ciara McKeown; Ombrages-Eclairage Public; SLA; exp Services Inc.; Creative Irrigation Solutions Inc. (CIS); and Hanscomb


Park Design Proposal for MBTW Group

Proposal 6: “A Place to Breathe”

by The MBTW Group with PWL Partnership; RAW Design; AMEC Foster Wheeler; Kirkland Engineering Ltd.; Blackwell Structural Engineers; Brad Golden & Co.; Beaches Irrigation; and A.W. Hooker Quantity Surveyors



The full designs will be available to view online after Thursday, August 24 at:

View the designs & provide your comments

Members of the public are invited to review the design concepts and provide comment on how well the designs incorporated the park vision, design objectives and program elements. Proposals will be available for public viewing and comment from August 25 until September 10.

In addition to the online display at, the proposals and comment forms will be available in person at these locations:

Lister Block
(28 James St N)

Regular display hours:
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Supercrawl hours:
September 8 & 9, hours extended until 11 pm
City staff will be on site to answer questions on:
September 8, 6 to 9 pm
September 9, 12 noon to 9 pm

Williams Fresh Café
(47 Discovery Dr)

Regular display hours:
8 am to 11 pm daily

City staff will be on site to answer questions on:
Friday, August 25, 6 to 8 pm
Saturday, August 26, 11 am to 2 pm | 6 to 8 pm
Saturday, September 2, 11 am to 2 pm

Evergreen Hamilton
(294 James St N)

Regular display hours:
Thursdays 1 to 5pm 

Open by request and during public events (see events calendar)

Supercrawl hours:
Friday, September 8, 6 to 10 pm
Saturday, September 9, 12 noon to 8 pm
Sunday, September 12, 12 noon to 4 pm
City of Hamilton staff will not be at this location

Jury will select winning concept in September following public consultation 

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 will be announced to the public in late September. A report explaining the jury’s decision making process will be publicly released after the winning design is announced.

Construction on the park is anticipated to begin in spring 2018.

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
  • 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