Memorial and Hirst Avenues Upgrades Project

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The City is excited to move forward with an inspired vision for Memorial Avenue that reflects the community’s wishes, honours the past and builds the future. The concept sees Memorial Avenue transformed from a primarily vehicular corridor to a true people place!

The Memorial Avenue design includes a new 9,000-square-foot plaza. A component of the City’s downtown revitalization strategy, this space will be used year-round and will represent a dynamic venue for residents, visitors, businesses, and community organizations to celebrate and experience downtown Parksville.

The City recently awarded the construction contract to Knappett Industries to complete work on this project. A well-coordinated plan will be developed addressing continued access to business and residences, tree protection and construction staging. Construction will begin this fall.

Shown above are images of the final design of Memorial Avenue, which features the following changes:

  • Improved irrigation and growing conditions to enhance the health of the memorial trees.
  • One-way vehicle traffic eastbound.
  • Parallel parking on the south side of Memorial Avenue.
  • A public square near the Memorial Avenue and Alberni Highway intersection open to traffic or limited to service vehicles and non-vehicular uses (through use of removable bollards).

The City is excited to move forward with an inspired vision for Memorial Avenue that reflects the community’s wishes, honours the past and builds the future. The concept sees Memorial Avenue transformed from a primarily vehicular corridor to a true people place!

The Memorial Avenue design includes a new 9,000-square-foot plaza. A component of the City’s downtown revitalization strategy, this space will be used year-round and will represent a dynamic venue for residents, visitors, businesses, and community organizations to celebrate and experience downtown Parksville.

The City recently awarded the construction contract to Knappett Industries to complete work on this project. A well-coordinated plan will be developed addressing continued access to business and residences, tree protection and construction staging. Construction will begin this fall.

Shown above are images of the final design of Memorial Avenue, which features the following changes:

  • Improved irrigation and growing conditions to enhance the health of the memorial trees.
  • One-way vehicle traffic eastbound.
  • Parallel parking on the south side of Memorial Avenue.
  • A public square near the Memorial Avenue and Alberni Highway intersection open to traffic or limited to service vehicles and non-vehicular uses (through use of removable bollards).
  • Memorial and Hirst Project Update

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    September 24, 2021

    With construction in full swing on Hirst Avenue West (Hirst), the project team has been working at full capacity to get the new underground utilities commissioned. The construction of road surfaces, sidewalks, streetlights, and landscaping will follow pending cooperative weather conditions, with the Hirst portion of the project still on schedule for a winter completion. One significant improvement to this block of Hirst will be the installation of three new fire hydrants to improve accessibility for the Parksville Fire Department. You may have noticed construction crews working at night on Hirst at the Alberni Highway (Alberni). These night shifts allowed necessary works to be completed while minimizing disruptions to businesses as well as to traffic in this busy intersection. Shown in the photo below are Knappett Industries crew members working to connect the new stormwater main on Hirst to the existing stormwater system at Alberni. Please check the City’s website at Parksville.ca for construction notices and updates as the project moves along, as additional future night work may be required.

    Ongoing communications between the construction crew and nearby businesses and residents remain a priority for the project team. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Michael Lonsdale, AScT, LEED GA
    Manager of Special Projects
    Phone 250 947-2218 | Fax 250 954-4657
    MLonsdale@parksville.ca

  • Construction to Begin on Hirst Avenue

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    August 20, 2021

    Construction will start this month on Hirst Avenue West (shown below in the rendering of future conditions) with ground-breaking tentatively scheduled for August 30. Construction activity in the area will begin August 23, such as surveying, utility marking, and changes to paint markings. Work on Hirst is anticipated to be largely complete this year, with works on Memorial Avenue tentatively anticipated to start in December 2021 and continue into spring 2022.

    Materials and equipment will begin arriving on site on Monday, August 23 and will be stored in a portion of the City-owned parking lot at 146 Memorial Avenue (just east of the Parksville Professional Building). This work will impact users of this parking lot; however, some parking spots will be retained for public use where possible. If you regularly use this parking lot, please plan accordingly. The City-owned parking lot at 171 Memorial (just east of the Island Cleaning Supplies building) will likely not be affected until work on Memorial starts.

    Our team is excited to start construction on the Hirst and Memorial upgrades and enjoying the space next spring. We look forward to working with local stakeholders throughout construction to minimize disruptions where possible while bringing the community’s vision for these spaces to life.


  • Memorial and Hirst Avenues Project Update

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    July 27, 2021

    On January 19, 2021, Parksville City Council approved the award of a construction contract to Knappett Industries, Ltd. (Knappett) to move forward with the construction of the Memorial and Hirst Avenues Upgrades Project.

    As you may know, the design features the 1,280-square-metre (13,800-square-foot) Memorial Plaza, a key component of the City’s downtown revitalization strategy.

    The websites below explain more about the projects and the design for Memorial and Hirst Avenues, including images and videos of how we envision the space to look following construction. Later this summer, the City will host an information session to discuss project logistics and answer questions from businesses and residents. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with any questions.

    Our team is excited to be working towards the Memorial and Hirst Avenues upgrades. We look forward to bringing the community’s vision for these spaces to life through ongoing communications and proactive planning.


  • Negotiated Request for Proposal - Memorial and Hirst Avenue Projects

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    Construction services are sought by the City of Parksville for a capital project in the City’s downtown core. The City issued a Negotiated Request for Proposal (NRFP) for the construction of underground utilities and streetscape of Memorial and Hirst Avenues between the Alberni Highway and McMillan Street South.

    The work will include construction of storm sewer, sanitary sewer, watermain, roadworks, streetlighting, and streetscape construction within the project area, with a focus on maintaining the health of the mature trees. The construction of a public plaza as included in the design will be an important feature in this work.

    To respond to the NRFP, follow the submission instructions included in the Invitation to Proponents. Tender closing date and time is Wednesday March 17, 2021 at 11 am.

    Request for Proposal

  • News Release - Memorial Avenue Streetscape and Utility Upgrades

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    February 4, 2020

    At the February 3 meeting, Parksville Council approved moving forward with the proposed streetscape design for Memorial Avenue. This design will incorporate the values and vision that Parksville residents and property owners along Memorial Avenue identified as important elements to the project.

    The proposed design includes an exciting new 9,000 square foot public square. A key component of the City’s downtown revitalization strategy, this space will be utilized year-round and will represent a dynamic venue for residents, visitors, businesses, and community organizations to celebrate and experience downtown Parksville.

    Maintaining and enhancing the health of the memorial trees is a priority for the City. Additional space will be allocated to the memorial trees, which will help these hundred-year-old trees thrive for years to come. Pedestrian connectivity will be an important element of the streetscape of Memorial Avenue and vehicular access will be maintained along with street parking.

    At the February 3 meeting, Council approved an additional $60,000 to facilitate the additional scope of work required to plan, design and engage the community in 2020 to move forward with the public square concept for Memorial Avenue. It is expected public engagement and final design of the project will occur in 2020 and the estimated cost of the project is about $2 million.

    For more information about the streetscape design concept, visit the website, MemorialAve.ca or contact the City’s engineering department at 250 951-2484 with any questions about the project.

    Concept - looking west from Alberni Highway to proposed Memorial Avenue public square and one-way eastbound traffic.




  • Memorial Avenue Project Update

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    Following input received from residents through the engagement events, the Memorial Avenue streetscape and utility upgrades project team has now begun work on the conceptual design of Memorial Avenue. The community’s vision and ideas will be integrated into the technical requirements for the space.

    The City appreciates the feedback provided by participants; we now have a better understanding of how this unique street is used, remembered and experienced. Questions or comments about the project should be emailed to MemorialAve@Parksville.caand the project webpage may be viewed at MemorialAve.ca. In the coming months, the City will bring the streetscape design options to the public for further input.


  • News Release - Memorial Avenue Streetscape and Utility Upgrades

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    July 8, 2019

    The Memorial Avenue streetscape and utility upgrades project which kicked off in May is now well underway. The project will plan, design and oversee construction upgrades to aging underground water, storm, and sanitary sewer lines along Memorial Avenue, as well as improvements to the streetscape with the aim to maintain the historic street trees and enhance their health.

    Under the guidance of project contractor, McElhanney Ltd, and the project team, an assessment of the trees was completed and a series of public engagement events were held and are ongoing. The project team is pleased with the response received from the community; input is helping to define why Memorial Avenue is important to residents and also what Memorial Avenue should look like in the future.

    The underground storm, sanitary and watermains on Memorial Avenue have reached the end of their service lives and require replacement. Memorial Avenue and the trees which line the street have grown into an important living monument of civic participation and contribution. Known as one of Parksville’s most beautiful and historic streets, the 34 century-old elm trees which line the street were donated by a local women’s organization to memorialize fallen veterans from around the Parksville area. Preserving the trees and their legacy is a priority of the project.

    The project team has endeavoured to provide barrier-free participation options as well as a high level of transparency and communication and to date, have accomplished or are working on the following:

    • Dedicated project email address to facilitate questions or concerns memorialave@parksville.ca

    • Project website memorialave.ca with history of the street, detailed information about the condition of each memorial tree, future public engagement opportunities and up-to-date project information.

    • Regular project updates to local stakeholders which are also posted on the project website.

    • Pop-up booth at the Summer by the Sea Street Market to let the community know about the project.

    • Walkshops shared what has been learned about Memorial Avenue and the health of the trees and also started to explore possible street design.

    • Online survey with about eighty responses; results will be reviewed and included in a future report.

    • Community design workshops on July 10 will refine community feedback and help participants co-design the streetscape upgrades.

    Questions about the project may be sent to memorialave@parksville.ca

  • News Release - Community Design Workshops - July 10

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    June 24, 2019

    The City has been working with McElhanney Ltd to plan upgrades to aging underground water, storm, and sanitary sewer lines along Memorial Avenue, as well as improvements to the streetscape with the aim to maintain the historic street trees and enhance their health.

    Two community design workshops on July 10 are the next phase in the extensive community engagement for this project. The workshops will take participants through a step-by-step process to understand the opportunities and constraints of the project, refine design ideas and develop preferred streetscape design options. Public input provided to the City at the workshops will assist the project team to develop a conceptual design for Memorial Avenue.

    Workshops will be held at the Parksville Community Centre on Wednesday, July 10 at 1 pm OR 6 pm. Residents may pre-register at www.memorialave.ca to reserve a space or drop in at either the 1 pm or 6 pm workshop.

    Memorial Avenue and the trees which line the street have grown into an important living monument of civic participation and contribution. Known as one of Parksville’s most beautiful and historic streets, the 34 century old elm trees which line the street were donated by a local women’s organization to memorialize fallen veterans from around the Parksville area. Preserving the trees and their legacy is a priority of the project.

    A short survey collecting input on the Memorial Avenue project will be available until July 3 at www.survey.memorialave.ca or from a link on the City’s website. The online survey will collect public input on community values, how people use Memorial Avenue and opportunities for the future street design. Hard copies of the survey are available from City Hall.

    The project team has created an exciting and detailed website, www.memorialave.ca, with extensive history about Memorial Avenue, a project story map and technical information about the health of the street trees and road conditions.

    The project schedule aims to complete the streetscape design in fall 2019 along with an engagement report detailing the consultation process and the public input collected. Construction is preliminary planned to begin spring 2020. Questions about the project may be sent to memorialave@parksville.ca

  • News Release - Survey Seeks Feedback on Memorial Streetscape Improvements

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    June 12, 2019

    A short survey collecting input on Memorial Avenue streetscape and utility upgrades project will be available until July 3 at www.survey.memorialave.ca or from a link on the City’s website. The online survey will collect public input on community values, how people use Memorial Avenue and opportunities for the future street design. Hard copies of the survey are available from City Hall.

    Resident input from the survey and feedback collected at in-person engagement sessions such as the Memories on Memorial Walkshops, along with technical analysis will inform the design concepts for Memorial Avenue.

    The underground storm, sanitary and watermains on Memorial Avenue have reached the end of their service lives and require replacement. A professional arborist recently completed a detailed assessment of the memorial trees; some are in poor condition and require rehabilitation if they are to be maintained. The Memorial Avenue streetscape and utility upgrades project kicked off last month with engagement and conceptual design now underway through fall.

    The project team has created an exciting website, www.memorialave.ca,, with extensive history about Memorial Avenue, a project story map and technical information about the health of the street trees and road conditions.

    Upcoming public engagement events: As well as providing input into the online survey, we invite you to join the in-person engagement sessions listed below. Pre-registration is required for both events at www.memorialave.ca

    • Memories on Memorial Walkshops - June 22, 10.30 am or 12.30 pm Join one of our guided accessible tours which will share the history of the street, discuss assessment of the trees and consider possible streetscape designs. Tours begin and finish at McMillan Arts Centre.

    • Community Design Workshops - July 10, 1 pm or 6 pm Workshop will take participants through a step-by-step process to understand the opportunities and constraints, refine design ideas and develop preferred streetscape design options.

  • News Release - Memories on Memorial Walkshops - June 22

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    June 3, 2019

    The Memories on Memorial Walkshops on Saturday, June 22 will share the significant history of Memorial Avenue, review a recent assessment of the century-old elm trees and consider different streetscape design opportunities. The walkshops will encourage discussions about the community's values, vision and preferences for Memorial Avenue which will inform the design process.

    Walking tours will be offered at 10.30 am or 12.30 pm. Tours are accessible and will begin and finish up at the McMillan Arts Centre and include opportunities for residents to envision the future of Memorial Avenue. Tours will be facilitated by City staff and the project consultant’s public engagement and technical specialists. Pre-registration is required at www.memorialave.ca

    The City is working with McElhanney Ltd to plan, design and oversee construction upgrades to aging underground water and sanitary sewer lines along Memorial Avenue, as well as improvements to the streetscape with the aim to maintain the historic street trees and enhance their health.

    Who - Parksville residents

    What - Memories on Memorial Walkshops

    When - Saturday, June 22 – 10.30 am or 12.30 pm

    Where - McMillan Arts Centre

    Why - We are engaging the community to shape the future of Memorial Avenue.

    How - Pre-registration is required, visit www.memorialave.ca to sign up.

    For residents not able to attend on June 22, an online story map with information from the walkshop will be posted to www.memorialave.ca.

    Prior to finalizing the streetscape design, a Community Design Workshop on July 10 will build on input collected at the walkshops and assist the project team to develop a conceptual design for Memorial Avenue. The project schedule aims to complete the streetscape design in fall 2019 along with an engagement report detailing the consultation process and the public input collected. Construction should begin spring 2020.

    Memorial Avenue and the trees which line the street have grown into an important living monument of civic participation and contribution. Known as one of Parkville’s most beautiful and historic streets, the 34 century-old elm trees which line the street were donated by a local women’s organization to memorialize fallen veterans from around the Parksville area. Preserving the trees and their legacy is a priority of the project.

    Questions about the project may be sent to memorialave@parksville.ca

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