Construction crews have already started work on White Rock’s Memorial Park. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Groundbreaking scheduled for White Rock’s Memorial Park

Construction starts this week on upgrade to public space, washrooms beside pier

The City of White Rock will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Memorial Park this Thursday (Sept. 14).

The invitation-only event will take place at 11. am inside the park, which was fenced off on Monday in preparation for the reconstruction of the park.

The project to upgrade the pier-side waterfront park – a key location for celebrations and special events, as well as sunbathing and picnicking on the grass – is expected to be complete by next summer, if not by the time of Canada Day celebrations.

In addition to new washroom facilities, the new park design, arrived at following extensive public consultation and feedback, will include improved all-abilities access, expanded space for concerts and other performances, built-in lights, amphitheatre-style seating and a ‘splash zone’ water feature.

Timeline for the $4.5-million upgrade, designed by Craven Houston Powers Architects, and built by Fricia Construction Ltd., has been estimated at 44 weeks – which would place completion sometime in July 2018.

The pier is still accessible from the promenade through the reconstruction process.

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