White Rock’s number-one attraction on Trip Advisor is finally ready to resume receiving visitors.
Today (August 27) repairs to the White Rock Pier are officially complete and the dock is once again open to foot traffic.
“It’s an essential part of our community, one of the jewels in our crown,” White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker told News 1130. “We said this thing will be back up and going as soon as we can possibly get it done, it has been the number one priority of the new council coming in to make sure we got the pier back up and running.”
The pier that extends off Marine Drive at the bottom of Martin Street was badly damaged in a storm last December. Strong winds pushed a boat into the pier and an entire section was entirely destroyed. It’s remained closed ever since.
According to CBC News, the pier was insured but only for up to $7 million. But that’s far short of the more than $14 million that engineers estimated repairs would cost. The province provided $1 million but that still left the bulk of costs to be covered by the municipality. A group of citizens called Friends of the Pier raised another $2 million in donations.
“The pier was originally built in 1914, but the storm damage last December was so severe that the whole pier needs to be replaced to meet modern building standards and codes,” that group’s website reads. “But it will still have a wooden plank deck and that’s where buying a plank for the pier comes in. Every dollar from every plank goes towards building the pier because our volunteer committee has made sure there are no overhead or administrative costs associated with our fundraising.”
The pier was originally scheduled to reopen this Saturday (August 31) but construction crews finished work a few days early.
"The new section of the Pier will be more resilient against future storms or natural disasters as it has been reconstructed with steel piles and a concrete deck," a city website reads. "Timber planks will be laid on top of the concrete deck to match the existing two portions of the Pier."