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City’s transformative Riverwalk project moves closer to implementation


BRAMPTON, ON (September 15, 2020) – The City of Brampton has moved one step closer to realizing its Riverwalk project, a transformational initiative that will help unlock the economic potential of downtown Brampton.

Earlier this month, the Downtown Brampton Flood Protection Environmental Assessment was approved. The City can now move forward with the detailed engineering design for widening the Etobicoke Creek through downtown Brampton, contingent upon government funding. The engineering design will reduce the existing flood risk in the area and provide the foundation for implementing the Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk project will help revitalize Brampton’s downtown and make it sustainable, healthy and resilient. The main purpose of Riverwalk is to engineer an innovative, long-term solution to eliminate the flood risk in downtown Brampton, in turn generating urban growth and development, attracting investment and extending and improving public space in the area.

About Riverwalk
Downtown Brampton lies within the Etobicoke Creek floodplain. Provincial policies around hazard management have so far restricted the type and amount of development that can occur there today. Riverwalk is a two-part solution to removing the flood risks and creating a new, open urban space that will help revitalize Brampton’s downtown and make it healthy, sustainable and resilient.
 
With the removal of the existing flood risk and the restrictions on planning and development in downtown Brampton, the Riverwalk envisions a remade Etobicoke Creek through the area, surrounded by public spaces and parks connected by the Etobicoke Creek valley corridor and a trail system. It is expected to unlock 3.6 million square feet of residential, commercial and retail space in the downtown, creating more than 23,000 jobs and a $1.4 billion impact on the GDP.

In the coming months, residents will have the opportunity to provide their input on the project.

For more information on Riverwalk visit www.brampton.ca/riverwalk  

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“Unlocking the potential of downtown Brampton is a key priority for Council, as is being a Green City that is strong, resilient and sustainable. Riverwalk is a transformational project that will help support us in both these objectives, and also put Brampton on the map for its innovative and impactful solution to
mitigating flood risk, generating development and creating jobs, and improving public space for all to enjoy.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“Brampton is a City of Opportunities that supports a creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial environment, with a downtown that is vibrant and growing. As the City moves closer to building Riverwalk, we take another step towards creating more jobs and spaces that residents can enjoy for years to come.”
- Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5, Chair, Public Works and Engineering, City of Brampton

“Not only will the Riverwalk project reduce the risk of flooding in downtown Brampton, but it will play a key part in helping us realize our priority of being a City of Opportunities by generating urban growth and development and attracting investment in the area.  This transformational initiative will ensure downtown Brampton is sustainable, healthy and resilient, and an enjoyable space for all who live and visit there.”
- Pat Fortini, Regional Councillor, Wards 7 & 8, Vice Chair, Public Works and Engineering, City of Brampton

“Riverwalk is an exciting initiative for Brampton that is closely aligned with Term of Council Priorities. Staff are committed to continuing to advance the Riverwalk project to support the revitalization of downtown, creating complete, sustainable communities for our residents and becoming a global leader in innovation."
- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

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Megan Ball
Media Coordinator, City of Brampton
905.874.2143 | megan.ball@brampton.ca