Construction will soon begin on a new outdoor theatre in the Parksville Community Park.
Copcan Civil Ltd, which was awarded the contract in October, will begin tree removal this week, as well as transport equipment, materials and fencing to the site. Site excavation will start in mid-December and the city said it expects the project will be completed in May 2022.
Ravenhill Road in the Parksville Community Park will be closed to vehicle traffic, Monday to Friday, during construction, the city said. The road will open for weekends only. The picnic shelter will remain open and available for rentals during construction.
In 2020, the city received $1,263,521 in funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream for improvements to public spaces in the Parksville Community Park.
The grant award is for two projects in the community park — the outdoor theatre and a gathering plaza. Construction on the gathering plaza, to be located near the waterfront gazebo, will begin in fall 2022 and is expected to be completed near the end of that year, the city said.
The project is supported with grants from the federal ($689,225) and provincial ($574,296) governments, a grant from the Island Coastal Economic Trust ($204,000), the Parksville Beach Festival Society and the City of Parksville, according to the city.
“This project will create community oriented, publicly accessible, multi-purpose space which will be the heart of our community,” reads a release from the city.