The upgraded washroom facility at Kin Beach Park is nearing completion.
It will be a significant improvement at the park because it will also contain a shower.
“Divers are excited about the upgrades to the washrooms,” said frequent diver Kathleen Fenner.
“It makes it nicer for us to have a place that’s not muddy,” added Philip Smith, who gears up regularly at the park to go diving at the 737 reef or the barges in Chemainus Bay.
All park users, whether at the playground, using the boat launch or just enjoying the sights, will find it a much-needed addition.
The oft-delayed project finally got back on track late last year. Once poured concrete had time to cure, the building started to spring up.
Four factors had to be overcome that caused a lengthier delay than anticipated.
There was the rain last spring that lasted into the early summer, the degradation of the foundation that required it to be completely replaced, the need to remove a large cottonwood tree and the archaeological sensitivity of the site.
A permit through the Archaeology Branch was required as well as an archaeologist and First Nations representation on site to monitor the digging and disturbances of the ground.
The building includes men’s and women’s washrooms as well as a third accessible washroom. It will also have both hot and cold water.
The site surrounding the washrooms is being enhanced with a covered walkway and additional trees planted along the fence lines and by the picnic tables.
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