Upgrades to the Davis Bay Wharf are nearly complete and the entire Sunshine Coast community is invited to celebrate its grand re-opening on Thursday, July 17, at 4 p.m.
The re-opening celebration will feature a public ceremony followed by two hours of free entertainment, courtesy of the District of Sechelt. Refreshments will also be available.
Parking in the area will be restricted during the event, so guests are encouraged to car pool or take public transit if they’re unable to walk or bike to the event.
The Wharf Rats (a community group born of the Davis Bay/Wilson Creek/Selma Park Community Association) has been pushing for wharf restoration since 2011.
Their years of work lobbying and fundraising made the upgrades possible.
“The completed wharf is a shining example of what can be accomplished by a small group of people who have the support of an entire community,” said Marg Pearson, president of the Community Association and member of the Wharf Rats. “Hundreds of individuals and families supported the project by purchasing planks; local businesses joined in; some of our neighbours on the Coast made major donations, as did the Community Forest; the province contributed through the Island Coastal Economic Trust; and the District of Sechelt, which owns the wharf, coordinated the entire project and made the largest contribution.”
She hopes the community that made the build possible will come to celebrate the wharf’s completion on July 17.
“If you miss the official events, be sure to stop the next time you are driving at the only place Highway 101 meets the sea,” Pearson noted. “Take a short stroll and look over our new Davis Bay Wharf. Bring your cameras; you will need fresh pictures now that it has a gazebo.”
The wharf upgrades include a 66 per cent larger platform and wider walkway as well as a log gazebo and swim float. In addition, crews installed low level lighting and provided power and water to the end of the wharf.
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