White Rock Pier reopens after three-month closure during COVID-19 pandemic

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      After being closed for health precautions during the pandemic, a popular tourist attraction in White Rock that’s over a century old is once again accessible to the public.

      White Rock city council voted on March 23 to temporarily close the White Rock Pier to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

      This morning (June 17), White Rock announced that the pier is being reopened.

      While all Waterfront parking lots had been closed in March, they were progressively being reopened as businesses began offering takeout, curbside pickup, and eventually walk-in customers. All parking lots will resume regular operation this week.

      However, the West Beach Parkade will remain temporarily closed. Parking information is available at the City of White Rock website. 

      Previously, city council voted to reopen the Waterfront Promenade, which was closed on April 10, in May during Phase 2 of the province’s reopening plan.

      To expand outdoor seating during the pandemic, the city will also be adding more picnic tables to three locations: Memorial Park on the West Beach; Marine Drive near Ash Street on the East Beach; and the Five Corners area.

      The White Rock Pier, called Canada’s longest pier, was damaged and severed during a severe windstorm in December 2018.

      After an estimated $14 million in repairs, the pier was reopened in August 2019, with an official celebration held in September 2019.

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