Distributed April 29, 2016 9:00 AM
Departure Bay Beachfront Construction Nearing Completion
Construction activities are set to wrap up soon at the Departure Bay beachfront. This construction project delivers many upgrades to enhance this recreational area and greatly improves accessibility, safety and enjoyment opportunities for users.
Improvements include flattening the grade along the seawall walkway; installing new pedestrian access ramps and handrails; installing new LED street lights and walkway lights; installing new water and electrical services for events and vendors; improvements to parking facilities; and replacement of old storm drains on Loat Street and Departure Bay Road.
Concrete footings have also been installed as part of this project for a public art piece that will express the cultural and historical significance of the area to the Snuneymuxw First Nation.
Strategic Link: This project supports the Waterfront Enhancement priority of the strategic plan.
- The beachfront walkway and parking area is now open. The public are advised some minor final works are still ongoing and construction signage must still be observed.
- Updates, including photos and videos of the construction work can be found on the City's blog located on the City of Nanaimo's website.
- The contractor who completed the work for the City is Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd.
- Archaeological consultants Millennia Research Ltd. and the Snuneymuxw First Nation completed monitoring of construction work due to the cultural and heritage significance of the area.
- The approved budget for the overall project is $964,000, which includes storm drain replacement work; archaeological monitoring mitigation and reporting; and a planned public art piece near the north end of the walkway.
- The project fulfills goals and objectives identified in the Departure Bay Neighbourhood Plan which was adopted by City Council in 2006.