South Shell Waterfront Park

The Parks and Open Space department is currently finalizing plans for the second phase of construction of South Shell Waterfront Park, which will include a washroom facility, a covered shade structure and a children’s playground area. 

The first phase of park development was completed in summer 2009 and included a 31-car parking lot constructed with permeable pavement, about 800 metres of paved trails, and the implementation of a naturalization program.

Final design permits and tendering for the second phase of development will take place in winter 2011 with construction beginning in spring 2012. The Engineering and Construction department will also install shoreline protection works in the eastern half of the park. Portions of the park may be inaccessible during some periods of construction.

For more details on shoreline protection work, contact Paul Allen, manager of design and construction, at 905-845-6601, ext. 4424 or pallen@oakville.ca.

Download a map showing the location of South Shell Waterfront Park (pdf, 118 kB).

Project background

The town acquired a 1.36-hectare (3.35-acre) parcel of land immediately east of the Palm Place residential development as a result of an Ontario Municipal Board decision. This land parcel is linked to a 15-metre-wide strip of waterfront parkland, previously dedicated as a public walkway. With these acquisitions, an opportunity opened up to link the site to existing public parkland (South Shell Park - 0.8 hectares/1.9 acres), and privately-owned waterfront parkland (Petro-Canada Parkette - 0.6 hectares/1.6 acres) to the east.

In November 2007, Parks and Open Space staff took a report to the Community Services Committee recommending a park development program for linking these individual parcels into a waterfront park, and a public open house was held in February 2008.

Parks and Open Space staff has been working with the town's Legal department and Petro-Canada to ensure the public can access the lands owned by Petro-Canada. Discussions have also occurred with Halton Region regarding the landscape renewal of South Shell Park. Staff is also coordinating the park development plans with the town's Engineering and Construction department to conform with any planned changes on the south side of Lakeshore Road through the current Lakeshore Road Environmental Assessment.

For more information contact

Frank Loconte
Landscape Architect
Parks and Open Space Department
floconte@oakville.ca