Gyro Park drainage work delayed

The planned drainage upgrade and installation at Cadboro Gyro Park will restart Aug. 10

The planned drainage upgrade and installation at Cadboro Gyro Park, initially expected to be completed for summer, has been delayed and will restart on Aug. 10.

Saanich’s park planning and design manager Gary Darrah said details concerning the drainage design and reconstruction of the gravel parking lot took longer than expected.

The work is significant and as such, the parking lot of Cadboro Gyro Park will be closed during reconstruction. A temporary one will be created in the park which can be accessed by turning left off Sinclair when entering the park.

The work includes rebuilding the gravel parking lot and installing a drain system with the added ability to pump water in times of flooding. The goal is to alleviate flooding in surrounding areas of the park, such as the boat storage compound.

As well, the main Sinclair entry pathway will be refinished with asphalt and the roadway entrance off of Sinclair will be upgraded with a small turn-around and drop-off area.

Saanich Parks plans to install historical, interpretive signage with a focus on First Nations, though that is still in the development stages.

“We’re hoping to have the Songhees band assist us with research and production design,” Darrah said.

Reconstruction is expected to take eight weeks, barring unforeseen developments.