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Parking Lot 5 Update
Posted: Nov 29, 2017

Media Release
Update on downtown multi-use pathway construction: Parking lot 5 reopens Dec. 1

Burlington, Ont.—Nov. 29, 2017— Construction to build a new multi-use pathway in downtown Burlington continues. City parking lot 5, on Brant Street between James Street and Pine Street, will reopen on Dec. 1, 2017 for public use while construction continues.

Residents and visitors will be able to use the parking lot just in time for Free P – free parking for the month of December in downtown Burlington.

The new multi-use pathway runs east-west across the heart of downtown Burlington from Martha Street to Brant Street:

  • Phase One – between Pearl Street and Elizabeth Street was completed in June 2017
  • Phase Two – between Elizabeth Street and John Street is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in spring 2018
  • Phase Three – between John Street and Brant Street is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in spring 2018
  • Phase Four – between Martha Street and Pearl Street is forecasted for construction in 2019.

Features of the construction taking place between Elizabeth Street and Brant Street include:

  • Creation of a new multi-use pathway connection that will run from Pearl Street to Brant Street
  • A new second driveway entrance for parking lot 5 from John Street
  • Resurfacing of parking areas
  • Replacement of three bus shelters on both sides of John Street
  • New trees and plants
  • New benches, LED lighting and a bike shelter
  • A new Electric Vehicle charging station in parking lot 5
  • A 300 m2 public space beside Brant Street with areas for seating and entertainment
  • A new public art piece, Portal.

For more information, please visit www.burlington.ca/carvinganewpath.

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Allan Magi, Executive Director of Capital Works

“The city project team and general contractor have worked hard to open parking lot 5 for the month of December – just in time for Free P. Similar to the promenade at Spencer Smith Park, the new pathway will accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists safely and provide access to other walkways, shops and restaurants along its length. We look forward to its final completion in spring 2018.”

Quick Facts

  • Accessibility improvements to the area include: a barrier-free continuous pathway; fully accessible transit shelters and parking spaces; regular spaced seating opportunities; accessible benches; and a clearly marked pedestrian crossing with tactile walking surface indicators.
  • Through a Request for Expression of Interest released in March 2017, Studio F minus was selected to be part of the team designing the new public space near Brant Street. This works includes the creation of a new sculpture called Portal.
  • Portal uses colour, light, and optical effects to act as both a mirror reflecting the past and a window to the future. The artwork is made from two 10-foot diameter panes of glass sandwiching a ring of lights, encased in a frame and set on a concrete pedestal. As the internal lighting changes colour, the artwork can alternate between reflective and transparent.

Links and Resources

Free downtown parking in December
New downtown multi-use pathway


Communications contact:
Sharon Will
Communications Advisor
Office: 905-335-7600, ext. 7483
Media contact:
Allan Magi
Executive Director of Capital Works
Office: 905-335-7600, ext. 7870



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