‘A wise investment’
City council votes to have Charlottetown boardwalk section replaced
Another section of the Charlottetown boardwalk will soon get an upgrade.
Council voted during Monday’s meeting to accept the low bid of $119,025, HST included, from James C. Johnston Associates for the “Pharmacy Boardwalk Replacement” project.
The work will see the existing boardwalk removed and replaced with a new structure, about 951 feet in length starting at the HMCS Queen Charlotte and going past the pharmacy to the Maritime Electric pumping station.
It will see the current untreated spruce lumber replaced with treated marine-grade lumber, as well as a six-inch granular base added.
The replacement is consistent with what the city began about two years ago, first upgrading the boardwalk at Victoria Park and then behind the culinary centre.
“We’re striving to have the same material and have that consistency with the boardwalk all along the waterfront,” said parks and recreation committee chairman Mitch Tweel, who said he would like to eventually see the boardwalk expanded even further.
“I think it’s a wise investment. It’s an investment that can be utilized by all demographics.”
The upgrade will see the strength of the boardwalk increased to help prevent plow damage during winter cleaning.
The resolution’s background noted that staff had recommended the replacement as the previous boardwalk was “becoming extremely difficult to maintain at a safe level for public use.”
“Before we replaced the boardwalk in Victoria Park, it got to the point where it was virtually impossible for the staff to do any type of maintenance replacing the single boards and what not. Nails were coming up, it wasn’t safe,” said Tweel.
The work on the project will begin in the next couple weeks and should be completed in July.
Council also voted to accept a quote from CADC for project management and professional fees for $7,475.
The amount will be expensed to the 2018 parks and recreation capital budget.
Jane Beastall, an elder-dog worker, enjoys a recent walk on the boardwalk in Charlottetown. This Victoria Park portion of the city’s popular boardwalk was upgraded a few years ago, and this week city council announced similar upgrades are planned to...