$1.9M in parks projects approved in Burnaby

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A new piece of public art for the Edmonds neighbourhood is among the $1.9 million in 2011 capital projects Burnaby council approved for the parks and recreation department recently.

The artwork, which will be funded with more than $179,000 in gaming funds, will be located at the new Edmonds Community Centre, set to begin construction later this year.

In addition to the art itself, the money will fund the process, from a call for artists to project management.

Another $1.78 million in capital reserves will fund 13 projects.

The largest share, at $300,000, will fund continued development of the trail system in Burnaby Mountain Park, with work to take place this spring and summer.

Burnaby Mountain Golf Course will receive $225,000 in renovations and upgrades including paving of service roads and cart paths, and new drainage systems in the rough. Riverway Golf Course will also see drainage systems installed and replacement of driving range fence panels, at a cost of $125,000.

Several playgrounds, particularly Brentwood, Ledingham and Riverway West School Park will receive new playground equipment at a cost of $150,000 to replace decades-old structures treated with wood preservative and coated with lead paint.

Burnaby Art Gallery will see improved climate controls for gallery spaces and an assessment of its energy efficiency ($100,000). Burnaby Village Museum will receive $80,000 for a carousel equipment upgrade, including a new motor and replacement of outdated and non-functioning computer hardware and software, and a fire suppression upgrade to the Love Farmhouse ($30,000).

The remaining funding approved will replace food services equipment at a number of facilities ($140,000), purchase power equipment ($50,000), replace fencing ($125,000), pave and install drainage improvements at parking lots and access roads ($100,000), replace and add picnic tables and park benches ($85,000), and replace footbridges and upgrade trails such as those at Robert Burnaby Park ($75,000).

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