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Wharf in need of ‘highest priority’ repair
The Timber Wharf area of Pier Park needs more than $3 million worth of repair and maintenance work before it can be fully developed for recreational and community needs, states a report presented to city council on Monday.
The report, based upon a structural review of the yet-to-be-developed portion of Pier Park carried out by engineering consultants WorleyParsons last summer, said the paved wharf area needs $193,000 worth of work done “over the next few months to address the condition of the wharf.”
That work includes the removal of driftwood and debris from underneath the wharf, the replacement of two pile caps and the installation of circular metal plates over holes in the deck. The review said this work is of “the highest priority.”
Additionally the review recommended lower priority work estimated to cost $384,000 be completed over the next year.
Another $3 million worth of repairs and maintenance will then be required over the next five years to allow regular vehicle access to the entire structure.
The Timber Wharf represents about 60 per cent of the entire Pier Park. It was left undeveloped but made accessible to the public until more funding could be found. Since Pier Park opened in June, 2012, the city has been consulting the public for ideas to use the space.
Ideas include sports courts, a fitness circuit, a night market, community gardens and interactive art. Council also suggested a beach, skateboard park and tennis court.
A design concept with an estimated cost of $650,000 has been developed and will be built over time as funding permits. The first phase, a pair of beach volleyball courts in the northwest corner of the tarmac, was installed in August. Still to come are a pedestrian walkway, a fitness area, an urban beach, a labyrinth, off-leash dog area and general landscaping.