On Friday afternoon, Mayor Darryl Walker and members of Council officially re-opened the rehabilitated trails located in Ruth Johnson Park and Centennial Trails.
The new amenity comprises a rebuilt boardwalk and staircase made necessary by a January 2020 landslide in the Ruth Johnson Park ravine which caused extensive damage to the trails. The City used the opportunity to re-align and rebuild the staircase and boardwalk through the slide zone, utilizing the open space to replant vegetation, trees and shrubs to create an inviting space for public use.
“This new area of Ruth Johnson Park was born out of a natural disaster, but we were able to repair and utilize the area and actually enhance it,” said Mayor Darryl Walker. “The result is a beautiful new amenity that will be enjoyed by the public for many years to come.”
The project was funded in part by Disaster Funding Assistance (DFA) through the Province of BC, part of the Emergency Management British Columbia program that covers recovery costs to infrastructure. Based on the program, the City of White Rock is eligible for up to $740,000 in DFA funding.
Mayor Walker and Members of Council officially reopen the Ruth Johnson Park Trails
Mayor Walker walking along the new Ruth Johnson Park trail