Burnaby approves $924K in parks capital projects

A park in the Stoney Creek area of northeast Burnaby is set to receive a new  playground as part of $924,000 ($825,000 plus HST) in funding for parks capital projects approved by council recently.

The replacement playground at Simon Fraser Hills Park will cost $175,000 will bring the facility up to current safety and accessibility standards and is expected to be completed by spring 2013, according to a city staff report.

The biofiltration ponds at the west end of Deer Lake will be upgraded and rebuilt to improve water quality at a cost of $125,000.

George McLean Park, formerly known as Inman Green Park, on Lindsay Avenue, just north of Kingsway, will receive $100,000 in continued development, including seating, demolition of an adjacent city-owned house, removal of hazardous trees, planting of native species and installation of a dedication plaque.

The city will spend $100,000 between 2012 and 2014 to monitor the site at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex where dredgate from Burnaby Lake was placed, for settlement of the fill and ground water quality to meet Ministry of Environment requirements.

Another $150,000 will be spent on minor capital replacement work at various parks due to breakdowns, vandalism or unanticipated repairs.

The log and wood park entry signs, originally installed in the 1980s, are now at the end of their lifespan and will be replaced at a cost of $50,000.

Security cameras and related equipment will be installed at a cost of $25,000 at C.G. Brown Pool and Bonsor Recreation Complex, with smaller upgrades at other locations.

The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts will receive $40,000 in new interior furnishings such as tables, chairs, furniture, window coverings, appliances, benches and specialized equipment.

And over at Burnaby Village Museum, it will receive two funding allotments—$25,000 for concept planning work at the carousel pavilion, looking at a pergola upgrade and perimeter development to expand its capacity; and $35,000 for eight new signs (mounted on cedar with weatherproof windows) to help with wayfinding, including maps and changing event listings.

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