2014 Trail-wide Partners Meeting
The Waterfront Regeneration Trust hosted a Trail-wide Waterfront Trail Partners meeting on February 3rd in Burlington. Over 100 partners attended and were able to hear about new developments along the Waterfront Trail as well as new tools that the Waterfront Regeneration Trust is developing to help our municipal partners and market the Trail. The partners meeting was an opportunity to:
- Celebrate the new vision and mission for our partnership;
- Learn about the new tools we have developed to record and share information about the State of the Trail and projects that are reshaping and enhancing it;
- Review the current planning policy and framework that supports our vision; and
- Welcome new partners including the Niagara Parks Commission and Lambton County
- Network with other Waterfront Trail Partners and share ideas and best practices
Thank you to all our Partners who were able to attend. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
The webpage below provides information that was presentated at the meeting. Please feel free to download and share the presentations, as well as other resources presented here.
Waterfront Trail Website
You've arrived! Welcome to the new Waterfront Trail website. You will find a variety of new resources including:
We encourage you to visit the profile for your community. If there are links that need updating, or new content you would like to see added, please contact Peter at pl [at] wrtrust [dot] com. Here are some of ways to get involved:
- Edit, contribute to, and update your community's profile page
- Contribute a homepage slideshow banner
- Write a new Family Friendly idea for our website
- Link back to the Waterfront Trail site from your website
Many thanks to our web designer Tony Scott from Akira Studio. He's gone to great lengths to ensure that our website is exciting, easy to use, fully accessible, mobile friendly and responsive. Check out Akira Studios here.
We also also experimenting with new mapping ideas to highlight our PDF maps, and those of our partners. Please see the example below, and feel free to get in touch if you are interested in learning more.
Waterfront Trail Beta PDF Map Example
- Use the + and - buttons at the bottom left of the screen to zoom
- Use the layers tab at the top right to turn on and off layers
- Zoom in to see the detailed PDF maps for the Waterfront Trail
The presentations from the day are avialable for download here.
Partner Communication Toolkit
The Waterfront Regeneration Trust has assembled a Partner Communication Toolkit. This toolkit is available for download to aid in effective and consistent communications about the Waterfront Trail. The toolkit can be accessed through our dropbox link.
The Waterfront Regeneration Trust has created a LinkIn Group for Partners to connect and collaborate. It is a private group that is open only to staff from municipal, conservation authority and organization partners.
Participants from the Partners meeting have been pre-approved for membership with their email address. Other partners are welcome to request to join, and requests will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. For more information on the LinkedIn group, see Kaitlynn Dodge's presentation above.
State of the Trail
The State of the Trail is available as both on online resource and an interactive map. It describes the attributes of the Waterfront Trail, the projects that are shaping future improvements and expansion. It also provides background on the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and its partnership. Please visit the State of the Trail section of our website by navigating on the Main Menu to Partner Resource Centre and then to "State of the Trail" item.
At the bottom of the State of the Trail page, you will find a form where you can add your proje
cts to the State of the Trail. The new projects will be added regularly to the interactive map.
Landuse Planning Survey
The Waterfront Regeneration Trust and Brook McIlroy undertook a Land Use Planning Survey of the planning commissioners in communities along Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River in December 2013 – January 2014.
The Waterfront Land Use Planning Survey was developed to document and improve understanding of the current policy framework shaping the management and enhancement of our shared waterfront. The survey shares and promotes experiences, successes and challenges among partners to strengthen the goal of protecting and enhancing Ontario’s waterfronts. In addition, four case studies were conducted on Oshawa, Prescott, Grimsby and Mississauga. Each of these communities has a different experience with waterfront land use planning and policy development, offering lessons with other municipalities.
Some key findings:
- Waterfront visions continue to emphasize public access and the other nine waterfront principles of the Regeneration. The majority of respondents indicated their communities had articulated a vision for the waterfront (82%) and for public waterfront access (89%). Just over half (55%) articulated a specific vision for the Waterfront Trail.
- Majority of respondents are currently undertaking projects to enhance the waterfront (63%) and Waterfront Trail (57%).
Vision and Mission
A summary of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust Strategic Plan is available here. Click here to download a summary of our Strategic Plan.
Discussion Tables and Feedback
During the afternoon session, participants were asked to give feedback and brainstorm further ideas from a number of tools that were presented by the Trust. The discussion questions were:
- What are the best ways to create and protect a continuous, connected and water's edge Waterfront Trail through planning tools tools and policies?
- How can your community use the information provided in the State of the Trail inventory to help spur investment and build public support for the Trail in your community?
- Do you see value in consistent messaging for the Waterfront Trail, and how do you see your community using the Communications Toolkit and the website to achieve this?
The results of the Discussion will be posted here when they are available.