Centennial Beach concession stand nears completion
Centennial Beach-goers should be able to enjoy sun, sand, surf and a brand new concession stand stand this summer.
According to the project manager, the currently under-construction food concession and washroom facility is on track to be fully operational in time for the busy season.
"We'll definitely be open for springtime," said Mitch Sokalski, west area manager for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, which is in charge of the project.
Sokalski explained the facility will open in stages, with the public washrooms to be ready April 1.
"And then by the late spring, busy summer season, our concession will be opened," he said.
A small retail kiosk will also be ready for business in time for summer, he added, noting Metro Vancouver is currently in the process of confirming the concession and kiosk operators.
The existing concession stand and washrooms—which are now considered outdated and do not accommodate patrons with disabilities—will be torn down as soon as the new building is up and running.
Initially budgeted at between $2 and $2.5 million, the new beach facility—located adjacent to the children's playground—will incorporate two buildings connected by a breezeway and cover 4,413-square-feet.
Costs currently stand at approximately $2.6 million, not including consulting fees and tax.
On the east side of the facility will be a concession and seating area, with washrooms, change rooms and a first aid room on the west side.
The design features green elements such as natural ventilation to cool the building in the summer and natural lighting. A green roof will provide wildlife habitat, reduce storm water impacts to the site and insulate the building.
"It's a very impressive facility. I think people are going to really enjoy it," Sokalski said.
If all goes according to plan, Sokalski said an official grand opening will take place June 17—the same day as the annual Sunday in the Park event hosted by the Cammidge House Committee, Tsawwassen/Boundary Bay Lions Club and Metro Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver had originally hoped to have the concession and washrooms ready by July 2011, but that opening date was pushed back due to paperwork and construction delays.
Metro Vancouver leases the Centennial Beach land—just over six hectares—from the Corporation of Delta.