Erosion restricts public beach access on Gabriola Island

By Ian Holmes
July 11, 2017 - 6:45pm Updated: July 11, 2017 - 8:10pm

Storms have played a role in erosion and damaging a series of beach access stairs on Gabriola Island.Regional District of Nanaimo

NANAIMO — Four popular oceanfront parks on Gabriola Island's northeast side are closed and it's unclear when three of them will re-open.

The Regional District of Nanaimo's (RDN) supt. of parks operations and capital projects Mark Dobbs said the four beach access points in Whalebone Community Park were battered by storms last fall.

He said three of four sets of stairs need to be replaced.

“When we went to look at the storm damage the erosion became apparent as well,” Dobbs said. “That's when we decided to bring a geotechnical engineer in and look at these sites.”

He said while the area is exposed to harsh weather, ground and surface water are other issues also causing erosion that need to be addressed.

Dobbs expected the stairs at the Queequeg Place Community Park beach access will be fixed shortly and re-open by the end of July.

He said more information on the status of the Bluewhale, Hummingbird and Joyce Lockwood beach access stairs would be known following an RDN parks and open spaces committee meeting on July 24.

 

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