Memorial and Hirst Avenues Project

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Memorial Plaza Official Opening
Tuesday, July 5, 5-6 pm

We invite you to celebrate the new Memorial Plaza, part of the Hirst and Memorial upgrades project. Join us at 5 pm on Memorial Avenue at the Alberni Highway.



The City is excited to move forward with an inspired vision for Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue West 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! Hirst Avenue West from McMillan Street South to the Alberni Highway will feature street parking, improved


Memorial Plaza Official Opening
Tuesday, July 5, 5-6 pm

We invite you to celebrate the new Memorial Plaza, part of the Hirst and Memorial upgrades project. Join us at 5 pm on Memorial Avenue at the Alberni Highway.



The City is excited to move forward with an inspired vision for Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue West 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! Hirst Avenue West from McMillan Street South to the Alberni Highway will feature street parking, improved pedestrian facilities and street trees. A new four-way stop on Hirst Avenue West at the Alberni Highway will allow for northbound and eastbound traffic, which is currently restricted.

The Memorial Avenue design will include Memorial Plaza, a new 13,800-square-foot community space. A component of the City’s downtown revitalization strategy, this space will be used year-round and will be a dynamic venue for residents, visitors, businesses, and community organizations to celebrate and experience Parksville downtown.

Construction is in full swing with Knappett Industries as the contractor and McElhanney providing engineering support and contract administration. The well-coordinated construction plan addresses continued access to businesses and residences, tree protection and construction staging. The work on both Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue West is tentatively scheduled for completion spring 2022.

Images show the final design of Memorial Plaza and an overhead image showing the new streetscape of Memorial Avenue, Hirst Avenue West, and the parking lot between these streets. This design features the following changes:

  • Improved irrigation and growing conditions for the memorial trees and new street trees on Hirst Avenue West.
  • One-way vehicle traffic eastbound on Memorial Avenue, with parallel parking on the south side.
  • Parallel parking and two-way vehicle traffic on Hirst Avenue West.
  • Improved pedestrian facilities on Memorial Avenue, Hirst Avenue West, and the publicly owned parking lot between them.
  • Memorial Plaza, a community space on Memorial Avenue near the Alberni Highway intersection. Memorial Plaza be closed to vehicle traffic with removable bollards for a flexible, community-use resource.
  • Memorial Plaza to Open on July 5

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    June 15, 2022

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    The City of Parksville invites residents to the official opening of Memorial Plaza on Tuesday, July 5 from 5 pm to 6 pm. The Memorial Plaza, part of the Hirst Avenue West and Memorial Avenue upgrades project, is a new 13,800 square foot public space, a dynamic new venue for residents, visitors, businesses, and community organizations to celebrate and experience Parksville Downtown.

    Completed just in time for summer, the improvements to Hirst and Memorial avenues are components of the City’s downtown revitalization strategy. Historic Memorial Avenue will feature a new streetscape with one-way vehicle traffic eastbound on Memorial Avenue with improved irrigation and growing conditions for the memorial trees as well as new street trees on Hirst Avenue West. A portion of this upgrades project was funded through the Federal Gas Tax Fund and ICBC.

    Following the official ceremony to dedicate the plaza, music and cupcakes, we hope residents will enjoy a visit to the Summer by the Sea Street Market on Craig Street, just across Alberni Highway. The market is open 6 to 9 pm.

    Memorial Avenue, one of the oldest streets in Parksville, is a living monument to Parksville’s fallen World War I soldiers. The original century-old memorial elm trees were planted in 1922 and now 100 years later, Memorial Avenue will continue to honour the memory of the men who lost their lives with new elm trees to be planted this year.

    Quote from Mayor Ed Mayne
    “With this project, Memorial Avenue is transformed from a primarily vehicular corridor to a true people place, complementing the vision for Parksville’s downtown to encourage increased use by residents and visitors and support economic activity.”

    Details about the Memorial and Hirst avenues project may be viewed on Let’s Talk Parksville.

  • Memorial and Hirst Avenues Upgrades Project Update

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    May 19, 2022

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    The project team is excited to report the new four-way stop is now installed on the Alberni Highway at its intersection with Hirst Avenue West. This four-way stop is a recommendation of the City’s 2016 Transportation Master Plan and replaces the old two-way stop and turning restrictions. With the newly installed four-way stop, drivers are permitted to turn any direction, and pedestrian crossing opportunities are improved by requiring vehicles to stop before entering the intersection.

    Along with the new four-way stop, new pavement and road markings were also installed on the Alberni Highway at Hirst Avenue West and at Memorial Avenue. Memorial Avenue is next on the list for paving, but first, crews must finish the concrete for curbs, sidewalks, and Memorial Plaza. As spring progresses, you’ll start to see some new landscaping features on Hirst Avenue West, including gardens, planter baskets, and trees.

    With paving, concrete, air spading, and overhead utility removals, it is a busy day on site – great to see with the nice weather. The project team is excited to see these finishing touches come together and these projects completed soon – we hope you are too!

  • Memorial and Hirst Avenues Project Update

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    Wednesday, May 11

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    Paving work started as planned early yesterday morning, with Hirst Avenue West (Hirst) from McMillan Street South to the Alberni Highway receiving its final pavement layer. Road markings have also been installed on this newly paved section of Hirst.

    Unfortunately, due to a mechanical breakdown, the four-way stop installation and paving on the Alberni Highway at Hirst Avenue West will have to wait. We’ve tentatively scheduled this work near the end of May pending cooperative weather conditions.

    Crews are also taking advantage of good weather whenever possible, including over weekends, to pour more concrete in the new Memorial Plaza and along Memorial Avenue sidewalks. After one of the rainiest Aprils on City record, the project team has been working hard to install concrete at every opportunity. The concrete works include patterned concrete panels and concrete benches, which reflect the organic shapes of the 100-year-old memorial trees. Memorial Plaza is really starting to take shape!





  • Memorial and Hirst Avenues Project Update

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    April 28, 2022

    On May 10 starting at 4 am, crews will begin paving and installing a four-way stop on the Alberni Highway at Hirst Avenue West as part of the Memorial and Hirst Avenues Upgrades Project. Paving will also be performed on the Alberni Highway at Memorial Avenue and on Hirst Avenue West from the Alberni Highway to McMillan Street South. To accommodate this work, single ­lane alternating traffic on the Alberni Highway and a temporary road closure on Hirst Avenue West at the Alberni Highway will be in effect for periods between 4 am to 5 pm; please avoid this area during this time.

    This four-way stop is a recommendation of the City of Parksville’s 2016 Transportation Master Plan and replaces a two-way stop on Hirst Avenue West at the Alberni Highway. Currently, only right turns are allowed from eastbound Hirst Avenue West. The new four-way stop will allow all turning movements and facilitate safer pedestrian crossings.

    For more information:

    Ayla DeFoor, AScT
    ADefoor@parksville.ca


  • Memorial and Hirst Avenues Project Update

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    April 11, 2022

    Work in Parksville’s historic downtown kept the project team on their toes when an abandoned dug well was discovered in the parking lot between Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue West (146 Memorial Avenue). After closing the area to all but essential personnel, Knappett Industries carefully excavated the water, historic bottles, and an old pump to find the extents of the dug well. Serving as the project engineer, McElhanney promptly provided professional direction to safely decommission the well, including completing a formal registration with the BC well registry, filling the well with bentonite clay, and capping the well with concrete.

    Despite surprises like the abandoned well, work on the project is quickly progressing. Hirst Avenue West now has concrete sidewalks, with more landscaping finishes and the final layer of asphalt to follow. Concrete works will follow on Memorial Avenue and in the new Memorial Plaza. Soon the plaza will take shape with design details such as patterned and coloured concrete.

    With spring in the air, the project team is looking forward to sharing this space with you. Please remain patient with crews and traffic control personnel on site as they work towards completion on both downtown streets.

  • Parking Lot Closure

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    February 16, 2022

    The public parking lot at 146 Memorial Avenue will be closed until completion of the Memorial and Hirst Avenues upgrades project.

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  • Memorial and Hirst Avenues Project Update

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    February 3, 2022

    The contractor, Knappett Industries, will begin expanding their work in the parking lot between Memorial Avenue and Hirst Avenue West starting February 9, requiring its closure to the public. This parking lot will be closed to the public until the end of construction, anticipated to be this spring. Local access along Memorial Avenue will be maintained when possible, but if you can access your destination via Harrison Avenue or Hirst Avenue West, please do. The finished parking lot design will include parking, through-traffic, pedestrian facilities, landscaping, and street lighting. These features are rendered at MemorialAve.ca on the Future tab.

    In the new year, Knappett Industries crews installed new underground utilities on Memorial Avenue, including the stormwater and sanitary sewer mains and services to private properties. They’ve been working to locate and connect the old services, many of which are obscured by the memorial tree roots. To work around these roots safely, a professional arborist is on site regularly monitoring works and has provided thorough working procedures to protect the health of the memorial trees through construction and beyond.

    Sidewalks on Hirst Avenue West are planned for completion after Telus and BC Hydro complete their work on several poles and overhead wires in the vicinity. Irrigation installation has begun on Hirst Avenue West and will also be completed before the sidewalks are installed.

  • Memorial and Hirst Avenues Project Update

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    December 6, 2021

    Hirst Avenue West between McMillan Street South and the Alberni Highway now has its first layer of asphalt, with Knappett Industries completing this work on November 29 ahead of winter storms. This base layer of pavement will provide road users with a smooth and tidy surface throughout the winter, with the final layer of pavement scheduled for the spring. Since this is the base layer of asphalt, you may notice that some of the other infrastructure is a little higher or lower than the pavement’s surface; these elevation differences will be addressed with the final layer of pavement.

    The closure of Memorial Avenue at its intersection with the Alberni Highway is now in effect, and work has begun at this intersection to install new manholes for the underground utility renewals. Local traffic is being maintained on Memorial Avenue for access to businesses and residences.

    Please continue to travel the work sites with care and be patient with construction crews and traffic control personnel who are working through weather to complete this project in a timely manner. Your continued understanding is very much appreciated, and we’re here if you have questions.

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