It’s a bit over-budget and a little later than planned, but the fencing around Veterans Park is finally set to come down.
Following some “final touches” this week, the park is set to officially re-open with refreshments and games following a 12:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting on June 27.
The total spent on the Veterans Park overhaul is projected to be $2.2 million – about $100,000 more than first budgeted, according to the city’s manager of capital projects Jason Daviduk.
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“Several weeks of snow cover as well as supply chain challenges have been the main causes for delay,” Daviduk explained in an email to the Dispatch. “The slight cost overrun is associated with unpredictable labor and material costs which have increased significantly over the past several years.”
The park is meant to serve as a precursor to Port Coquitlam’s new downtown, explained Mayor Brad West in a press release.
“We’re looking forward to seeing Veterans Park come alive with visitors and residents as they stroll or wheel along the new accessible pathways, relax on the lawn and new seating, and take a moment to reflect at the cenotaph in its new central location.
The project is slated to include a plaza at Shaughnessy Street and McAllister Avenue, new pathways and a central plaza.
When announcing the beginning of construction last November, Port Coquitlam staff projected that work on the park would be “substantially completed” by March.