A $1-million grant from the Government of British Columbia will help repair waterfront infrastructure from storm damage along the promenade and White Rock pier.
“The historic White Rock pier is a cultural icon and a significant contributor to the local economy, drawing more than one million visitors to the community each year,” said Ravi Kahlon, member of the legislative assembly for Delta North. “Restoring the pier will help local businesses and improve recreational and cultural opportunities for the community.”
White Rock’s pier and waterfront suffered severe damage following a storm in December 2018. A section in the middle of the pier was torn away and debris from damaged boats was lodged along the pier. Along with damage to utility and power lines, the waterfront was also impacted as the storm surged over the promenade, damaging concrete infrastructure and the shoreline.
“Last winter’s storm devastated our community, impacting both residents and the local economy alike,” said Darryl Walker, mayor of White Rock. “We are grateful for the provincial grant to help us reconstruct our waterfront and pier and protect our shoreline from the impacts of climate change.”
Reaching almost 500 metres into Semiahmoo Bay, the landmark pier is considered a destination. Visitors come to walk along the pier and promenade. They also attend many community celebrations that take place along the waterfront, such as Canada Day by the Bay, the White Rock Sea Festival, the Tour de White Rock and TD Concerts at the Pier.
“There is a unique entrepreneurial spirit that exists in White Rock that drives our economy and contributes to the to the community’s character and charm,” said Bob Bezubiak, manager of TD Canada Trust in White Rock, and past chair of the City of White Rock’s economic investment committee. “This funding sends a strong message that the provincial government recognizes our waterfront and pier is a landmark attraction and vital contributor to the success of our business community and local economy.”
The first phase of repairs, including east beach and immediate pier repairs, are scheduled to begin soon, with completion expected in fall 2019.