It’s the biggest scoop this summer since the controversial Kitsilano Coast Guard Base closure, and it’s sure to keep residents talking, or arguing, for months to come. A private donor has come forward and offered tens of millions of $$$ to complete the Vancouver seawall, between Kitsilano Beach and Jericho Beach.
Mayor Gregor Roberston has already voiced his support of the project. The project will be put through a public consultation process to test its merits.
So what’s controversial? Why can’t we universally agree that getting the fair weather cyclists, joggers and walkers off the unsuitably narrow Cornwall Avenue is a fantastic idea? The project will require altering the shoreline in front of some of Vancouver’s most expensive real estate.
From The Vancouver Sun: “The stretch of waterfront off of Cornwall and Point Grey is also home to some of the city’s priciest houses, some with large concrete retaining walls dropping directly to beach front that is impassable at high tide.
That means some kind of pier structure would need to be built to sup-port a walkway adjacent to about 80 waterfront homes along the 2.5-kilometre stretch. The walkway would also pass through the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club’s Jericho location.”
What do you think? Should we embrace any opportunity to increase public access to Vancouver waterfronts? Weigh in below.