Boardwalk rebuild planned in San Pariel

Project hits provincial roadblock, but regional district confident it will go ahead

There was a time when area residents could stroll on a boardwalk around the water in the San Pariel neighbourhood — RDN director Dave Willie would like to see those days again.

The RDN is going to have to jump through some hoops with the provincial Ministry of Environment, as well as the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations before that’s ever going to happen. The popular boardwalk was destroyed by a winter storm in December of 2009. A proposal to rebuild the structure, though popular with local residents, hit a snag with the ministry. “It’s something the community wants to do, but we’ve been denied the ability to rebuild it,” Willie said. “We have the money to rebuild it, but we have been refused by the ministry.”