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Parks dept. seeks $1.5 million for capital projects

The City of Burnaby plans to spend $75,000 this year for planning into what Burnaby Lake Sports Complex could look like in the future.

The money would pay for a conceptual plan for the sports complex in the Central Valley, to determine possible future locations for a replacement pool and arena, covered sports box, future cricket pitch and trails and walkways. Another $50,000 is proposed for a conceptual design of the covered sports box.

This work is among the $1.5 million in capital projects being proposed by the city’s parks and recreation department, according to a city staff report.

A $50,000 review of how to make Barnet Marine Park easier to get to is also on the priority list for funding.

The review will look at parking and vehicle access, and develop a conceptual design for the Barnet Beach entrance at the CP Rail crossing to include wheelchair accessibility, routes for emergency vehicles and a public drop-off zone, according to a city staff report.

Eileen Dailly Pool would receive $200,000 to complete upgrades to its water disinfection system to help meet recently changed water quality standards.

Burnaby Mountain Golf Course would see $140,000 for a new irrigation system pump station and the first phase of this year's drainage and irrigation improvements.

Riverway Golf Course would receive $165,000 for renovations, construction and landscaping upgrades, including improvements to sand traps and tees, as well as upgrades to ball distribution equipment at the driving range.

Burnaby Mountain Park is earmarked for trail work including safety improvements, slope grading, and the extension and widening of existing trails ($200,000) while $100,000 of work will also be done to the 236 km trail and walkway system in city parks including safety railings on steep grades and washout reconstruction.

Playgrounds at Forest Glen and Suncrest parks will be replaced at a cost of $160,000 due to wood preservative and lead paint on the existing equipment that was installed more than 20 years ago.

Several parking lots and entrance roads at parks properties will have new drainage, paving and lighting installed, including those at Robert Burnaby Pool, Confederation park along Beta Avenue and Bonsor Recreation Complex ($225,000).

Burnaby Lake Sports Complex

Older picnic tables will be replaced with concrete tables to reduce vandalism, graffiti and the potential for fire from barbecue use, at Barnet Beach, Central Park and Fraser Foreshore Park ($95,000).

And $100,000 will be spent on improvements at Squint Lake, Cariboo and Graham parks to reduce water consumption on sports fields, and at washrooms and drinking fountains.

The $1.7 million (including HST) still needs to be approved by council before the projects can go ahead.

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