White Rock resident Lance King wants to know what fellow White Rockers think of his design concept for East Beach.

White Rock resident Lance King wants to know what fellow White Rockers think of his design concept for East Beach.

Public input requested for East Beach design

White Rock resident asking for community feedback on proposed 70,000-sq.-ft. plaza

When Lance King did an informal survey of those who frequent White Rock’s waterfront, he heard the same comments about its promenade over and over: it’s too narrow, too straight and boring.

So, King decided to try and do something about it.

The artist/designer put pencil to paper, and, after about 20 hours’ work, came up with a plan for East Beach he hopes will catch on.

“Everyone I’ve talked to has been positive about it,” the White Rock resident said.

His proposed Ocean Point Recreational Plaza is 70,000 square feet in all. Resembling a wave, King’s vision stretches about 600 feet from end to end and extends about 220 feet towards the ocean. Suggested features include a life-size sculpture of a humpback whale breaching in a 40-foot-diameter pool, a skateboard park and an interactive children’s playground.

King, 65, stressed that while the design includes extensive use of natural rocks, nothing about it is set in stone. He showed it to city officials about four months ago, and, citing a good response, now wants to know what citizens of White Rock think of it.

City manager Dan Bottrill described King’s proposal as “very appealing.”

At the same time it is “a pretty significant project… a $6 million project,” Bottrill said.

While the design is not in the city’s current financial plan, where it and other proposals might fit will likely be part of discussions as the city moves forward with its next financial plan.

Including it in a community forum similar to that held last November may be another way to gauge public support, Bottrill said.

“At the end of the day, too, it’s not just about this project. It’s about this project in comparison to all of the other projects that we have, and so how does this project fit in with the other priorities in the City of White Rock.”

Extending into Semiahmoo Bay is a complicating factor, as it would involve obtaining approvals from various provincial and federal authorities.

Regardless, no proposals are written off, Bottrill said.

“You never know. Sometimes it may not be exactly the concept that we go with, but there may be some nuggets with respect to any plan that comes forward that says, hey, let’s think about this,” he said. “I think we always have to be open to fresh ideas.”

King said in addition to adding some life to East Beach, the plaza would help curb erosion that’s occurring along the promenade, and increase tourism appeal.

“This could put White Rock on the map… do nothing but good for White Rock and the merchants here,” he said.

Regarding the estimated cost, King said he would suggest pursuing three funding sources: federal and provincial grants; a commitment from the City of White Rock; and a legacy fund.

Leaving a legacy is a big part of the plaza, he said.

“I’m not doing it for money. I’m doing it because I want to leave something here that’s lasting.”

 

Just Posted

Rahim Manji owns and operates the Hollywood 3 Cinemas in Newton, along with the Caprice in South Surrey, a theatre in Duncan and another in Pitt Meadows. “I think right now it feels different than last June, it just does,” Manji said. “I’m a lot more optimistic, with more people calling, more people out and getting vaccinated, so I think the comfort level is a lot better.” (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Surrey movie theatre operators reopen and rejoice, even with 50-max capacity

‘We have been one of the hardest-hit industries’

A sign warning of a pack of coyotes hangs near 2660 Croydon Dr. (Aaron Hinks photo)
South Surrey woman sounds alarm after encounter with pack of coyotes

Susan Martin said three full-grown coyotes were lurking around her home

(Delta Police Department photo)
Delta police searching for Surrey woman missing at Centennial Beach

Wenyan Lan, 54, reported missing when she didn’t come home from a crabbing/clam digging trip June 14

Ian MacDonald, spokesman for Surrey Police Service. (Submitted photo)
Surrey Police Service launches public consultation campaign

This is to help the SPS form its first strategic plan

Outdoor vendors at the Cloverdale Flea Market are seen in this bird’s eye view image from the flea market’s Facebook page.
Cloverdale Flea Market to reopen

Market to open June 20 after being closed since Nov. 2020

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

A worker, at left, tends to a customer at a cosmetics shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Half of cosmetics sold in Canada, U.S. contain toxic chemicals: study

Researchers found that 56% of foundations and eye products contain high levels of fluorine

Most Read