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Burlington scored best mid-sized city in Canada – Fifth year in a row

July 4th 2017 was a proud day for all Burlington residents, and all those in the past and present working hard to make Burlington, a true gem of a city! According to MoneySense, Burlington is best mid-sized city in Canada and the second best city in Ontario to live in.

MoneySense uses their own methodology to establish a comprehensive data-driven snapshot of Canadian cities and towns, taking into account things like demographics, unemployment, income & wealth, affordability, taxation, mobility, crime, weather, health care, amenities, culture & community. This year was their 14th edition and they’ve included even more cities in the report, about 417 cities to be exact.

Burlington scored high with having low crime, great weather and high wealth and incomes. It is also considered a top place to retire and a welcoming place for new Canadians.

Here is a summary of their 2017 reports (looking at Ontario and how Burlington compares):

Burlington is 2nd best place to live in Ontario after Ottawa.

Burlington  is 4th best place to retire in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 7th best place for weather in Ontario after Thorold.

Burlington is 14th best place for new Canadians in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 20th best place to raise kids in Ontario, after Oakville.

Overall, Burlington scored well and is an awesome city to live, work and play in. The city has come a long way and it’s continuously improving and growing. There are new developments all around, infrastructure upgrades, social and cultural programs underway. It’s a thriving city that’s got something for everyone. Situated between Toronto and Niagara Falls, well connected to all the major highways, positioned by lake Ontario – Burlington real estate is a good choice.

Burlington Mayor, Rick Goldring commented on MoneySense 2017 best places to live in Canada report: “There are many moving parts that go into creating a city, from economic prosperity to cultural vibrancy, from preserving history to building healthy communities. This is an acknowledgement of all of the people, past and present, who have worked to make Burlington the great city it is today.”

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Redevelopment of Burlington’s Waterfront Park and Lakeside Plaza Area

“Lakeside Vision”  – another new project the City of Burlington has started. It’s basically a project to redevelop and improve the southeast part of Burlington, including Skyway Arena, Lakeside Plaza and Burloak Waterfront Park. Designed to revitalize the area, bring more business and visitors, including allow residents to enjoy the premium waterfront area more freely, this initiative is very exciting!

This past November 2015, they had first of many public meetings at Robert Bateman High School, with over 300 people attending this time and sharing their opinions about city’s new initiative in redeveloping Burlington waterfront.

Here is a map of the proposed land for redevelopment.

Skyway Arena – initiative to redevelop the current Skyway park and arena in order to create more space, upgrade the structure, and allow for easier accessibility, as well as, tie it into the Lakeside Village plaza.

Lakeside Village – this is an important community shopping plaza for the Elizabeth Gardens and south East Burlington neighborhoods. Remodelling the plaza, adding appropriate commercial and community services, vital for the area is on top of the list, and connecting the plaza with the waterfront park further south.

Burloak Waterfront Park – the city plans to turn this into a beautiful park that spans along the waterfront as seen in the image below. The project phase I has already started in Nov 2016 and goes till May 2017. It includes four meter wide accessible waterfront pathway, shade pavilion, small performance area with seating, pedestrian guardrail, and invasive tree and shrub species removal. Followed by other phases in summer and fall of 2017.

The overall, high level plan is to basically connect all three areas together. The Skyway park and arena, with the Lakeside Village plaza and that with Burloak waterfront park. Allowing free flow and movement, otherwise obstructed and not so accessible.

Lakeside village pathway to waterfront park

You can follow this project and status updates here: http://www.burlington.ca/lakesidevision

Thinking of moving to Burlington? Or selling your Burlington home? Get in touch with VanDinther Team, Burlington real estate sales representatives, to help you with negotiations or finding the ideal home.

New Outdoor Pool Coming to Burlington’s Nelson Park

After bring deemed “not safe to open” back in August 2015, due to the overall structural tank deterioration, the City of Burlington started the project, to replace the old Nelson Park outdoor pool with a nice new one, this past July 2016. First two out of the three project phases have been completed, and at the moment the pool is well under construction in the last phase. At the rate of progress it’ll be ready for summer of 2017.

When finished, it’ll be a new 8 lane, 50 meter outdoor pool, that will also have to the side a smaller leisure pool. And an close by a splash pad for the kids.

Burlington new Nelson Pool

Burlington new Nelson Pool

How cool and exciting is that, Burlington residents!

Burlington new Nelson pool splash pad

Burlington new Nelson pool splash pad

Those that are interested in pool sponsorship, meaning you get to put your name on certain spots at the pool area, go to this link https://www.burlington.ca/poolsponsor.

More info can be found at City of Burlington’s project webpage.

Thinking of moving to Burlington? Or selling your Burlington home? Get in touch with VanDinther Team, Burlington real estate sales representatives, to help you with negotiations or finding the ideal home.