The next step in Cobourg’s plan to re-vitalize the waterfront is to fix and enhance the East Pier. This requires extensive public consultation and this started last year (see links below) and now there is another consultation although this time it’s virtual and hosted on Engage Cobourg. This includes a presentation in two versions – a pdf and/or a video – a survey with the first question “have you watched the presentation?” and a forum for free form comments. The presentation starts with some background information then divides the area into zones and discusses options. Then the discussion moves into three “design approaches” then finally talks about design palettes – Contemporary, Heritage or hybrid. The survey opened Sept 4 and runs to September 18. Below is a summary but all Cobourg residents are encouraged to take the survey – go here.
Summary of Presentation
At the start of the presentation and in the survey questions, the area is divided into three zones:
- Waterfront Gateway – includes the entrance near the Esplanade parking area and the parking area before the Coast Guard area.
- Pier Promenade Connection – from the Coast Guard area through the narrower width section.
- Pier Community Space – the wider area towards the South end.
Different treatments are proposed for each although these are consolidated when the different “approaches” are discussed. This zoning does allow for some questions that are particular to them – e.g. should there be a “gateway feature”. But in the interest of brevity, let’s focus on the three “approaches”.
- Original Design Adjustment Ground truth (sic) proposed components and update areas with new information. (as originally proposed – see this article – 17 May 2018)
- Expand the Green Reduce the amount of open hardscape and introduce more trees, soft landscaping and pedestrian-only space.
- Venue + Urban park Balance hardscape and soft landscape areas to provide central gathering areas for events and celebrations.
Here are the three ideas illustrated (click to enlarge and scroll through):
The final section of the survey asks about palettes – that is whether benches, signs, lights, bike racks etc should be heritage, contemporary or hybrid style.
Presentation via Video
It’s recommended that you view the video (embedded above), possibly view the pdf version in addition or instead, then participate in the survey (go here)
The Final design and costing is scheduled for February 2021. Implementation would be 2021-22.
- Public Meeting on East Pier and Campground – 13 September 2019