Memorial Park & Pier Washroom Upgrade

Concept image of Memorial Park

PROJECTED COMPLETION DATE: April 2019
The washrooms are scheduled to be opened in May. The new staircase and green park space are now open.

There’s no doubt about it - the pier-side lawn and panoramic ocean views that Memorial Park offers make the park a major tourist attraction and one of the City’s favourite gathering spaces! Because of the popularity of the park, and to accommodate the growth of White Rock, the City is upgrading the Memorial Park space and adjacent pier washrooms.

The approved concept design includes: 

  • New Pier Washrooms
  • Improved Accessibility
  • Wider promenade at Pier Entrance
  • Splash Zone Water Feature
  • Flexible Plaza Space for Concerts and other performances
  • More Lighting for Added Safety
  • Sloped Green Lawn
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So, whether people gather for a picnic with the family, a day of soaking up the sun with friends, or for the perfect viewing spot for fireworks shows or one of the summer’s seaside concerts, Memorial Park is the place to be.

On the right are renderings of the approved design concepts.

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Tourism is a key economic driver for businesses in the City. The City is committed to supporting businesses in White Rock by creating opportunities through investments in capital projects, festivals and events to continue to attract residents and visitors throughout our beautiful seaside community.

An area of focus for the City is our waterfront district, which is a major tourist attraction.

On the right is a short clip of the approved design concept of Memorial Park once completed.

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Committee

In 2016, a Memorial Park Committee was established in order to discuss and prepare development ideas for Council’s consideration regarding Memorial Park in the City.

Permitting

In 2016, the City also reached out to the Province of British Columbia’s Archaeology Branch to inform them of the Memorial Park project and inquire about permitting. The Archaeology Branch informed the City that it did not require a provincial archaeological permit as Memorial Park, owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railway, is excluded from provincial jurisdiction because it falls under federal jurisdiction.

Tender

The tender for Memorial Park was advertised between June and July 2017. The award of projects is governed by Council Policy 301 (PDF), which requires Council, or if during Council recess, the August Contract Committee, authorizes approval for contracts with a value exceeding $250,000. The policy was adhered to in the tendering and awarding of this project.

Council awarded the contract to Fricia Construction on July 24, 2017, at the Regular Council Meeting.