What would you do if you had an extra $10 million or so lying around?
Fill the last remaining gap in Vancouver’s world-class, waterfront seawall, of course.
That’s exactly what an anonymous donor has proposed to do, offering the Vancouver Park Board tens of millions to construct a seawall between Kitsilano and Jericho Beaches on the city’s West Side, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.
As seawall lovers know, right now there is no waterfront route between the two beaches. Instead, you have to venture inland along sometimes busy Kitsilano streets (like the 3rd Avenue Seaside Bicycle Route) in order to bridge the gap.
The proposed link is considered the final missing piece in Vancouver’s impressive seawall system, a continuous seaside pedestrian pathway that stretches all the way from Coal Harbour, around Stanley Park, into and out of False Creek and out to Kitsilano, picking up again along Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks.
Right now, the proposal to build the new 2.5-kilometre section of seawall is just that – a proposal. The next step is a lengthy consultation process, starting with local homeowners in the ritzy waterfront Cornwall and Point Grey neighbourhoods. But I ‘d like to know what you think:
Do you support the idea of extending the seawall from Kits to Jericho? Let us know below.
Of course, this final section of seawall will present some serious engineering challenges not encountered elsewhere. At high tide, there’s no beach to speak of in many spots around Point Grey. Concrete retaining walls from waterfront homes drop right to the water. So some sort of pier system would need to be built next to these eighty or so homes.
The final cost is expected to range into the tens of millions of dollars. Funds from the anonymous donor (“a longtime city resident and philanthropist who loves the seawall“), would need to be combined with financing from the provincial and federal governments.
For the moment, the project has at least one big-name booster, the mayor himself. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson fired off an email saying, “I’d love to see a public connection from Jericho to Kits beach . . . . We should be embracing any opportunity for more public waterfront access . . . .”
What do you think about extending the seawall along Point Grey to Jericho? Weigh in below.