Dec 15, 2019

Projects Underway

Hirst Avenue West Streetscape and Utility Upgrades Project
Expected completion 2020
Conceptual design options have been completed for this project and are being reviewed by engineering staff. Construction is preliminarily anticipated to begin spring 2020.


Memorial Avenue Streetscape and Utility Upgrades Project
Completion expected 2020
Following a robust public engagement initiative and thorough review of the 34 memorial trees that line this iconic street, several conceptual design options have been developed that deliver on the project’s mandate to maintain the elm trees and enhance their health. A report evaluating these concepts and providing a recommendation has been prepared and will be put before Council in the near future. For more information about this project and how to participate please visit memorialave.ca.

2019 Project updates:



McKinnon Street Upgrade Project drawings
(Detail Design)
Expected completion summer 2019
McKinnon Street upgrade from Harnish Avenue to Hirst Avenue, about 400 metres will be upgraded to the City’s urban local road standard. This standard is defined as two 4.25 metre wide travel lanes for on-street parking and shared bicycle use, with mountable curbs and a sidewalk on one side. New LED streetlights will also be installed. A new watermain and sanitary sewer main will be installed, which includes new service connection piping to the property line. The existing storm drainage system will be assessed and upgraded as applicable, along with catch basins and new service connection piping. Both the sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems will have inspection chambers installed at the property line for more efficient future maintenance access and operations. Completion of this project will significantly improve the safety for all vehicular traffic and pedestrians and should promote more walking along this corridor.


Moss Avenue Upgrade Project drawings
(Detail Design)
Expected completion fall 2019
The City has awarded a contract to Knappett Industries to undertake the roadway restoration. Work is scheduled to commence shortly with a goal to complete these efforts before the end of the year.


Pym Street/ Forsyth Avenue Upgrades
(Detail Design)
Expected completion TBD
The engineering design is ongoing with detailed design drawings currently being completed by Koers and Associates. Tendering for construction is heavily reliant on the timeline required to complete the design; however, construction is preliminarily anticipated to begin spring 2020.


Wallis Street Upgrade Project drawings
(Detail Design)
Expected completion summer 2019
Wallis Street upgrade from the south end of Morison Avenue, about 110 metres will be upgraded to a modified urban local road standard due to a narrow non-standard right-of-way width. New LED streetlights will also be installed. A new watermain and sanitary sewer main will be installed, along with new service connection piping to the property line. The existing storm drainage system will be assessed and upgraded as applicable, complete with catch basins and new service connection piping. Both the sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems will have inspection chambers installed at the property line for more efficient future maintenance access and operations. Completion of this project will significantly improve the safety for vehicular traffic and pedestrians.


Springwood Park Pickleball Courts
A siting study was completed for this project and the feasibility of utilizing alternative funding sources and locations within the City is now being explored.


Parksville Community Park Stormwater Management Master Plan
A grant application to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund was submitted and is currently in the peer review stage. If successful, FCM would match the City’s funds for this project, doubling the project budget.


Foster Park Picnic Shelter
The project consultant, Timberlake-Jones Engineering, is wrapping up detailed structural, electrical and civil site designs. Construction is preliminarily anticipated to begin either fall 2019 or spring 2020.


Fire Department Training Grounds Upgrades
Engineering assisted the fire department to plan upgrades to their training grounds on Franklin’s Gull Road. The fire department will now manage the construction of additional infrastructure for the site to complement the facilities already in place and provide an authentic training environment.


Rathtrevor Trail Development
Engineering staff are in ongoing discussions with the Regional District of Nanaimo and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to jointly address the need for better pedestrian and bicyclist connectivity from Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and the Resort Drive area to downtown Parksville and the Parksville Community Park.
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