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Shortlisted designs for new Pier 8 waterfront park to be unveiled

What should the new Pier 8 park space look like? You’ll have a chance later this month and during Supercrawl to have your say on the shortlisted teams’ proposed designs.

The Promenade Park, as it’s conceived, is part of an overall Pier 7 and 8 redesign the city is undertaking

A northeast view of Pier 8, where the city is planning to build condos and public space that includes a park, a bike trail and the promenade park. (City of Hamilton)

What should the new Pier 8 park space look like? You'll have a chance later this month and during Supercrawl to have your say on six shortlisted teams' proposed designs.

The Promenade Park, as it's conceived, is part of an overall Pier 7 and 8 redesign the city is undertaking.

It's envisioned as a 30-metre-wide strip of public space along the north and east edges of Pier 8.

The red box shows the location of the Pier 8 Promenade Park. (City of Hamilton)

Hamilton planners see it as an "accessible, inclusive, diverse and mixed-use waterfront district" and the park is "integral" in that.

"The waterfront in Hamilton is a once-in-a-generation opportunity," said Aidan Johnson, Ward 1 councillor, when the contest for the park was announced in April. "It has to be beautiful."

The city has enlisted a jury of architects, planners and art and design experts to judge the shortlisted design proposals. They'll be judging on the following criteria:

  • design excellence
  • innovation
  • response to the vision and goals for the park
  • community opinions

That last one is where you come in. The designs will be unveiled in two weeks with a special showcase happening at the Art Gallery of Hamilton the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 24.

But then the designs will be available to look at and comment on at the Lister Block for the rest of the month and through Supercrawl weekend, Sept. 10.

More about the design teams shortlisted for the park, as well as details about the objectives for the space, are available on the city's website.

The city expects to announce the winning design in mid-September.