The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville Community Park playground surfacing project has an ‘overspend’ of $69,000

Council approves reallocation of funds and donations to make ends meet

Parksville council has reallocated funds to continue with the new rubberized surfacing of the Lions Ventureland Playground at the Parksville Community Park.

Earlier this year, the city was successful in receiving $315,000 from the Tourism Dependent Communities Fund for adding both new playground equipment and rubberized surfacing to the park.

Of that grant, $200,000 was to be used for the purchase and installation of the new equipment, while $115,000 was to be used for the rubberized surfacing.

However, the director of operations for the city, Belinda Woods, advised Parksville city council that the rubberized surfacing project was over budget.

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“Due to a miscalculation of surface size and worldwide market instability, manufacturing, and delivery overages, the Parksville Community Park Playground Rubberized Safety Surfacing Project has an overspend of $69,000,” read Woods’ report.

The playground equipment budget, however, had an underspend of $16,000.

Coun. Teresa Patterson made the motion, seconded by Coun. Mark Chandler, to reallocate $47,000 from the Parks and Recreation 2021 Minor Capital Budget, and to allocate an additional $6,000 from the Parksville Lions Club donations that the city is holding for the rubberized surfacing, and finally, approve the transfer of $16,000 from the playground equipment underspend.

Patterson’s motion passed unanimously.

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