$1.7M in parks capital projects approved

Almost $1.7 million in capital projects are being proposed by Burnaby's parks and recreation department, including upgrades to city spray parks.

The proposals, which were to be considered by city council Monday, include $350,000 for upgrades to the spray park at Charles Rummel Park and upgrades to other such facilities to meet Fraser Health regulations, said a city staff report.

If approved, environmental upgrades, at a cost of $100,000, would include removal of invasive species and landscaping with native plants in habitat areas and streamside locations in Deer Lake, Burnaby Mountain, Central and Fraser Foreshore parks.

Upgrades to outdoor lacrosse boxes at Confederation, Riverway and Cariboo parks will cost $150,000 and will include lighting, drainage, security fencing and pavement.

Fencing replacements at Barnet Beach, Bell and Ron McLean parks will cost $135,000 and $160,000 will fund replacement of playgrounds at Deer Lake and Westridge parks where wood preservative and lead paint on equipment installed over 20 years ago no longer meet CSA standards.

Food services equipment will be replaced at Riverway, Bonsor, Encores and city catering services, while new patio furniture will be purchased but the ice cream parlour at Burnaby Village Museum, all at a cost of $160,000.

The Burnaby Lake Rowing Pavilion would see $100,000 in kitchen renovations and washroom upgrades while picnic tables and benches will be replaced or added at Barnet Marine, Central and Fraser Foreshore parks ($90,000), using concrete tables to reduce vandalism, graffiti and the risk of fire due to barbecues.

Footbridges, stairways and retaining walls will be replaced within the parks trail system at Byrne Creek, George Derby and the Ron McLean-Edmonds area ($80,000). A new master key system for parks and recreation facilities will focus on field houses and park entry gates this year ($50,000).

Over at Burnaby Village Museum, $30,000 will be spent to replace drainage and install paving stones for vintage cars to better access the site.

Improvements will be made to sports fields, washrooms and fountains to reduce water consumption at Ron McLean, Maywood and Central parks ($100,000) and $185,000 will purchase vehicles for transporting large equipment and to allow elevated work on trees, tall hedges, eco-sculptures and the like.

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