No pier pressure, the White Rock Promenade is a destination you should not miss this summer. The City of White Rock is transforming one of the city’s favourite gathering places to a new Waterfront Memorial Park by July 2018. It is envisioned as a waterfront destination with a children’s water-spray pad, amphitheater seating, and additional pier washroom facilities. The $5.5 million upgrades will connect the community, creating a hub for local residents to enjoy special events. The designers of this project, Craven Houston Powers Architects, have provided an aerial visualization of the park upgrades.
Additionally, the newly expanded space will allow the area to grow alongside the popularity of the city while preserving the archaeological aspects of Waterfront Memorial Park in collaboration with the Semiahmoo First Nation. The City of White Rock also submitted a permit application under the Province’s Heritage Conservation Act for the Memorial Park project, receiving the approval after 3 months of consultation. The City of White Rock’s report estimates the project to be $5,548,490, with $2,591,000 to upgrade the waterfront plaza space. $1,810,000 will be allocated for the washrooms and viewing platform, and $100,000 for community artwork.
The proposed plaza will truly be a key attraction all year round filled with families, activities, and vital green space. However, don’t worry if you want to go now, taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine. The promenade walkway and local businesses are still accessible during the reconstruction project. The City is reducing local impact by managing traffic with flaggers. So, please review the map below for further information. Hope to sea you there!