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The Town of Oakville has assessed the shoreline protection improvements at Vista Promenade and Water's Edge Park, bordered by Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park to the west and Water's Edge Drive to the east.
The current shoreline protection measures in place have deteriorated over the years and this deterioration has accelerated given recent high lake water levels.
In an effort to improve the resiliency of the town’s shoreline, in light of recent high lake levels in 2017 and 2019, additional works are planned for a small section of shoreline along Bronte Heritage Park, just west of Vista Promenade beach. Shoreline improvements include raising the height of existing shoreline protection with additional stone to help protect against wave overtopping. This additional work will commence May/June 2021 (weather permitting) and will take approximately 4 weeks to complete.
To facilitate the works along Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park, several trees will need to be removed. Trees will be replanted upon completion of the works in areas within the park. Construction equipment will utilize the existing staging area currently at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park. The trail immediately adjacent to the shoreline construction will be closed for the duration of these additional works.
Shoreline improvements along Vista Promenade include the replacement of the existing shoreline protection. The existing beach to the west will remain and will be enhanced with stone along the backshore for added erosion protection and concrete steps for ease of access. Beach material will continue to wash in and out of this area.
Minor shoreline improvement will be carried out along Water's Edge Park. This work involves adding stone to raise the height of the current shoreline protection to better protect against erosion due to wave action.
Once shoreline protection work is complete at both sites, the town will carryout improvements to the waterfront trail. Changes include accessibility improvements, asphalt paving, pathway widening, drainage improvements and tree planting.
Construction is currently underway along Vista Promenade and Water's Edge Park. Construction is anticipated to be complete by end of May 2021 (weather permitting). Additional works at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park is anticipated to start May/June 2021 and completed July 2021 (weather permitting).
On December 11, 2019 an open house was held by the town to present information on the shoreline protection design. Review the presentation (pdf) from the open house.
Diana Friesen, B.Sc., C.E.T
Water Resources Technologist
905-845-6601 ext. 3904 (TTY 905-338-4200)