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97 new steps to the Parksville waterfront

From left, Parksville city Coun. Al Greir, Coun. Bill Neufeld, Mayor Chris Burger and Coun. Peter Morrison happily introduce the long-awaited concrete staircase that connects the end of Sunray Road to the ocean.  - CANDACE WU PHOTO
From left, Parksville city Coun. Al Greir, Coun. Bill Neufeld, Mayor Chris Burger and Coun. Peter Morrison happily introduce the long-awaited concrete staircase that connects the end of Sunray Road to the ocean.
— image credit: CANDACE WU PHOTO

CANDACE WU

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Parksville Qualicum Beach residents have another shortcut to the waterfront.

"We're keeping with our goal of connecting neighborhoods to the oceanfront," said Mayor Chris Burger before he joined hands with fellow councillors Al Greir, Bill Neufeld and Peter Morrison in cutting the ribbon to the steep, new staircase.

The $158,340 project took years of public consultation, construction bids, a well-attended open house and 150 signatures on a petition to bring it to life.

"We are very excited about the new staircase," said long-time resident Margaret Thomas, who was instrumental in bringing the access point to the northern Parksville neighborhood.

"I'm yet to walk down these stairs and not run into someone else. We're all very grateful to council."

The staircase is made of structural marine grade aluminum with concrete stair treads giving public access to the water as well as city access to a storm drain outflow on the steep bank.

It has four landings and 97 steps. Come check out Parksville's most recent addition to the city at the end of Sunray Road.

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