Memorial Avenue Streetscape and Utility Upgrades Project

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The City is pleased to announce 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


The City is pleased to announce 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.

For more information about the streetscape design concept, please visit our website or contact the project team with any questions. Thank you for your continued support and interest in this project. We will continue to provide updates as we proceed through each phase of this project and look forward to starting detailed design work for this exciting space.



  • News Release - Memorial Avenue Streetscape and Utility Upgrades

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    5 months ago
    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...

    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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    11 months ago

    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...

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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...

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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 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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    about 1 year ago

    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...

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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...

    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

  • News Release - Project Launch

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    about 1 year ago

    Memorial Avenue Upgrade Project The City of Parksville will launch the Memorial Avenue streetscape and utility upgrades project on May 7. Project contractor, McElhanney Ltd, will 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. Parksville Council directed McElhanney to adjust the engineering design to preserve the trees as needed.

    Memorial Avenue and the trees that line the street have grown into an important living monument of civic participation and contribution. Known...

    Memorial Avenue Upgrade Project The City of Parksville will launch the Memorial Avenue streetscape and utility upgrades project on May 7. Project contractor, McElhanney Ltd, will 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. Parksville Council directed McElhanney to adjust the engineering design to preserve the trees as needed.

    Memorial Avenue and the trees that 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 centuryold elm trees which line the street were paid for 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 first step of the project is an arborist assessment of the trees to understand their condition and opportunities to enhance their health. Once the tree assessment is complete, a comprehensive public consultation process will engage the community to ensure stakeholder and citizen input is heard and considered prior to design and construction. Public engagement will take a deeper look at what Memorial Avenue means to Parksville, develop a vision with design objectives for the streetscape, and work with stakeholders and citizens to create a streetscape design concept for Memorial Avenue using input collected through the engagement process. Engagement activities being planned include ‘walkshops’ and a community design workshop. Information announcing these events will be released in the coming weeks and up-to-date project information will be provided on our website. Questions about the project may be sent to memorialave@parksville.ca.

    Prior to finalizing the streetscape design, a public event will be held to collect a final round of public input on the design options. The project schedule aims to have a completed streetscape design for fall 2019 along with an engagement report detailing the consultation process and the public input collected. Construction is anticipated to commence spring 2020.