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Public, City & Community Members Celebrate Grand Opening of Pier 7 Boardwalk & Docking Station

HAMILTON, ON – June 20, 2016 – The City of Hamilton today joined members of the public, Hamilton Waterfront Trust, Hamilton Port Authority and other community stakeholders in celebrating the “grand opening” of the Pier 7 boardwalk and transient docking station at Hamilton’s west harbour.

The City of Hamilton is now fully engaged in the transformational plan for the waterfront. The City is taking great strides to ensure the lands are available and development-ready for private-sector investment by 2018.

As part of this work, one of the first projects to see completion is the new breakwater structures and the boardwalk and transient docking station at Pier 7.

“This new recreational area is a major milestone and we’re just getting started,” says City of Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “Today we celebrate not only the commitment of council and the hard work of City staff, but also the ongoing support of the Waterfront Trust, Hamilton Port Authority, Bay Area Restoration Council and many others in this massive investment.” 

“There’s something for everybody at Hamilton’s waterfront,” says City of Hamilton Ward 2 Councillor, Jason Farr. “It has been council’s mandate for many years to create a waterfront destination that residents and visitors near and far want to see, and will perhaps one day want to work and live with the redevelopment of Pier 7 and 8.”

Boardwalk & Docking Station Features

  • The transient docks have 12 docking spaces (2 reserved for the Hamilton Waterfront Trust’s Hamiltonian Boat Tour, 1 reserved for kayak and canoe launches and 1 reserved for 4 personal watercraft) 
  • The docks were manufactured by Kropf Industrial based out of Parry Sound
  • The new boardwalk consists of two products: coloured concrete ramps and composite decking and runs along approximately 150 metres of the shoreline
  • There are 14 new benches and 6 new lounge chairs to sit and enjoy the view of the West Harbour Marina
  • New lighting, electrical and irrigation systems help to support 8 new planter beds with a mix of perennial and annual flowers and trees
  • The asphalt trail was restored to accommodate users such as cyclist, walkers, runners, etc. It is 150 metres in length x 6 metres in width
  • The boardwalk areas and transient docks are illuminated at night
  • Signs have been posted for the transient dock users on an honour basis
  • Parking is for 3 hours dawn to dusk with no overnight parking
  • Project cost: $3.8 million

About the Waterfront Redevelopment Project

The City of Hamilton’s waterfront redevelopment positions the community to meet the cultural and recreational needs of a growing city. Over the last three decades, investments are helping to transform this area into a genuine public space for people to live, work, and play. The next five years will see great change along the waterfront. The West Harbour community will turn into a vibrant, mixed-use, transit-supportive and pedestrian-friendly place.

Plans include:

  • Developing cultural, commercial and recreational uses
  • Providing a greater range of attractions year-round
  • Bringing economic opportunity through new construction, employment, tourism and cultural and commercial development

For more information about the Hamilton Waterfront, visit www.hamilton.ca/westharbour or contact:

Chris Phillips
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 5304
Email: chris.phillips@hamilton.ca