After careful consideration and guidance from the Village of Queen Charlotte, Spruce Point will not be getting a day park any time soon.
“We’re postponing pushing the idea right now,” Robertson island resident,Tracy Morton told the Observer in an email.
The community driven group Spruce Point Robertson Island Community Association (SPRICA) had originally approached village council and requested that the village apply for tenure of the crown land at Spruce Point as a Municipal Day Park. As part of the proposal, the facilities would be developed and maintained through a partnership between the village and SPRICA.
Prior to making a commitment to the park, village council asked staff to enter into discussions with the SPRICA, regarding a legal survey of the area, archeological impact assessment, contamination assessment and a erosion impact assessment.
“The environmental review process might cost up to $20,000 and, if contaminants are found, a remediation process would be required, which would be crazy expensive,” Morton said.
The area at the end of Seventh Avenue in Queen Charlotte is used regularly for boat and kayak storage for residents of Robertson Island. The park was proposed as a solution to parking issues and erosion of the beach from the kayaks.