Residents have had a cold and rainy wait, but when summer weather does arrive at last, there will be a new amenity to enjoy it.
The Town of Ladysmith announced it received a $20,700 grant from Tire Stewardship B.C. to resurface the Transfer Beach water park in time for its opening over the May long weekend.
The municipality noted that in keeping with its environmental commitments, the project is being completed using recycled rubber tires sourced locally.
“In addition to its environmental benefits, recycled rubber is a durable product requiring little maintenance and it will be esthetically pleasing for park users,” noted a press release from the town. “The replacement material also features a non-slip surface, helping to reduce the potential for falls.”
Workers were removing the existing surface this week before pouring more than two and a half tonnes of rubber.
Town council had previously directed $50,000 from reserves to go to the water park project, and said that money can now be used for other projects. The town said work is progressing with other Transfer Beach improvements such as upgrades to washrooms and shelters and an accessible walkway.