Wednesday, September 5, 2012

City Hall News

Niche is Nice

Skelton Park to get major facelift

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Skelton Park is one of Chilliwack's numerous green spaces that often go unnoticed.


ne of Chilliwack's quaint niche parks will soon get a major facelift after Chilliwack city councillors voted Tuesday in favour of a major refit for the slightly bedraggled Skelton Park located directly across from city hall on Young Rd.

In July, the City issued a construction tender for notice for improvements to the diminutive park located directly across from City Hall on Young Rd. By August, three bids were in, and on Tuesday at the regular council meeting, Gerry Enns Contracting Ltd. was awarded the $152,721.00 contract.

Gord Pederson, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture at the City of Chilliwack told the Voice in an e-mail Wednesday that the exact completion date has is yet to be finalized.

"The next step with the awarding of the contract will be to meet with the company and develop a construction schedule. In vague terms the project should start soon and is to be intended to be completed by the end of this year weather dependent," wrote Pederson.

The diminutive public amenity's non-functioning water fountain has been choked with plants for quite some time, and so once funds were in place for the project, city staff hired Craven Huston Powers to redesign the park adding some badly needed new elements like a reflecting pond, a retaining wall, flower beds and a plaza area.

The park was dedicated to Alvin Nickel, the city's first Parks Superintendent, who died in 1997. According to a plaque in the park, Nickel was responsible for establishing many of the small roadside parks in and around Chilliwack.

One of his favourtie saying was "Now in my own simple farmer's way".

To find a niche park near you, visit the Chilliwack City website here.



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