Update: May 1
The Beach cleanup and appreciation is at 10AM Saturday.
As is often the case with hot-button topics, this topic just got hotter. The Peak is reporting that the City, Port Authority and a local business have signed an agreement to use the remaining (northern) parts of the city owned property for industrial purposes. (A boat repair or launching yard? Not clear at this moment). I have to keep an open mind on the benefit in the long run, but I am very disappointed that this has come about so suddenly and in the midst of real discussion and excitement around the public access opportunities at the beach.
Basically it seems like the City just told the public to back off. This on the day after a successful open house was held and in the midst of a petition to expand the park.
The petition question is in the poll at the side of this page. If you answer yes you might want to check out the petition that will be at the beach on Saturday for the cleanup and BBQ.
This is a great example of where the City should be listening to its residents. Perhaps we should also consider a formal referendum in November on the question of whether to keep the rest of the site Industrial, or turn the whole public portion into a park.
What should have happened here is the Port Authority and/or potential renter should have responded publicly to the RFP issued in September which closed in November and that could have been weighed with the plan by the Canal Beach Watersports Society to have the entire plywood site become a recreational destination.
Then the public could decide.
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So what do we do with that beach? Here’s a challenge, sometime this weekend in between rain showers, why not go down and check out the beach? You probably have already, but if not, why not?
When you get back, or if you’ve been there already. Come back here and drop a note about what you think should be done with it?
Is it good the way it is?
Should the big dock be resurfaced? Torn down? Replaced?
Should the beach be expanded north to include the property closer to the mill that current is an industrial storage area?
Here is an image of what a local group has put together for what the beach might look like (with that extra north property).
Did you know that the area was given to the City for $1 by MacMillan Bloedel with a condition (covenant) that no overnight accommodation be allowed on the site?
What are your thoughts?
Have a great weekend!
P.S. Oh ya! Almost forgot to add there will be an Open House about the beach at Echo Centre on Wednesday! There should be lots of info there and you can share ideas there too!