Last week, Kitsilano.ca blogged about the anonymous donor who has offered the city $10 million to fund expanding the Vancouver seawall from Kitsilano Beach to Jericho Beach. The announcement caused an immediate commotion both in favour and against the new seawall. Despite this, city seawall expansion plans continue to move ahead.
Yesterday, July 10, the Vancouver city council passed a motion to work with the park board to explore options for expanding the seawall, including potential extensions from Jericho beach to Kitsilano, and along the Fraser River.
According to The Georgia Straight, the motion (made by NPA councillor George Affleck and amended by Vision Vancouver councillor Heather Deal) calls on city staff to support the Vancouver park board in their efforts to assess options for the Jericho beach to Kitsilano link, and to look into potential environmental impacts, residential security and seawater levels in the area.
Sarah Blyth, chair of the city’s parks board, has formalized the seawall price tag. Completing Vancouver’s famed seawall with a 2.5-kilometre stretch linking Kitsilano and Jericho beaches would carry a “preliminary” cost of about $10 million.
Here’s an article from The Province that shares three sketches of the proposed seawall expansion in Kitsilano. Further details will be disclosed at a parks board meeting July 23.