Burnaby council approves $1.3M in parks and rec projects

Burnaby council has approved $1.3 million in parks and recreation capital projects, including $200,000 for Burnaby Village Museum.

The museum, which had its free admission extended for another year last week, will receive $35,000 for interior improvements to its administration building, according to a city staff report.

Another $50,000 will be spent to replace worn gears on the carousel, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year.

The museum will also see $75,000 in exhibit upgrades at Bell's Dry Goods, the theatre and bakery, and $40,000 for new hood venting equipment and kitchen upgrades.

Nearby, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts will receive $50,000 for a storage space upgrade, new food equipment, counter upgrades, painting, and additions to catering furniture and equipment, and tents for the concert venue.

Several parking lots, including at Kensington Arena and Hill Avenue at Robert Burnaby Park, will get new paving and lighting for their parking lots, at a cost of $225,000.

Over at Cameron Park, $250,000 will be spent on its continued development, including installation of a junior playground, seating areas, and design and preparation work for a future spray park.

At Bonsor Recreation Complex, $150,000 will be spent to redesign the 3,340 sq. ft. of space on the upper floor which will be vacated when the seniors centre moves to the new Bonsor Annex across the parking lot, being built as part of the Polygon highrise development at Nelson Avenue and Bennett Street.

City-wide, some weight room and cardio equipment will be replaced ($85,000) with another $110,000 going towards tables, chairs, preschool equipment, outdoor equipment  such as kayaks, forklift, hand dryers and field equipment.

Equipment will also be replaced for park maintenance ($75,000) and accessibility upgrades will be installed ($50,000) at sites including Taylor, Camrose and Deer Lake parks. The work will involve changing surface materials, improving access points to parks, trails and parking lots, and reducing steep grades where possible.

And to prevent graffiti, lighting control, electrical and irrigation kiosks in parks will be covered with an anti-graffiti wrap ($25,000).

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