Park plan moving ahead


Christine Wood / Staff Writer
August 14, 2014 10:57 AM

Sechelt council is moving forward with what will likely be a half-million dollar park plan to complement the new wastewater treatment facility situated between Ebbtide Street and Surf Circle in Sechelt.

The plan was created by PMG Landscape Consultants and includes walking trails, green spaces, an outdoor amphitheatre, a natural and a traditional play area, a water feature, washrooms and a sport court. It also calls for a new clarifying building and rooftop deck.

The preliminary estimated cost, not including the clarifying building, rooftop deck and washrooms, is $428,143.46 according to an Ebbtide park master plan presented by director of development services Ray Parfitt at the Aug. 6 committee of the whole meeting.

Parfitt noted the estimated cost would be added (partially) into the 2015 budget and the master plan would likely take a few years to complete.

“I think the parks people will be the people to define what they feel is the best approach. I’m suggesting that they undertake an implementation strategy,” Parfitt said.

The strategy would then come back to council with a more detailed budget for approval.

“So this is more just getting our acceptance to continue to do some work and spend some staff time,” Mayor John Henderson noted. “We’re not committing to spending money; we’re committing to spending staff time at this point, nothing more.”

When the question was called all were in favour of instructing the parks department to prepare an implementation strategy.

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