2 sections of Charlottetown boardwalk to get upgrades

Charlottetown's waterfront boardwalk is being spruced up again — the city is in the tendering process to replace two sections.  

The sections that will be replaced run from the old Prince Edward Home property to the lieutenant-governor's house along Terry Fox Drive, as well as a piece between the Irish monument and the Paoli's Wharf condos.

Both sections are more than 20 years old and need to be replaced, said Coun. Mitchell Tweel, who chairs the parks and recreation committee.

The work will upgrade the two sections to a level similar to that of the Victoria Park boardwalk, pharmacy boardwalk and culinary boardwalk, which all have been replaced over the past few years. 

"We widened the boardwalk in Victoria Park — originally it was spruce lumber that was about an inch and a half. What you experience now in Victoria Park is a three-inch depth of the board that's there," Tweel said.

The work will also involve installing drainage tiles.

"It's becoming too difficult for maintenance," said Tweel.

Work to start in fall

The city hopes the work can begin in the fall, depending on which proposal is chosen. Tweel said the boardwalk is a continuous priority for his department.

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"One of the greatest features of this city is our boardwalk. People are very pleased with it regardless of what the demographics is. People are enjoying it and made it part of their daily routine during the four seasons," said Tweel.

The work was included in the 2019 capital budget, and is estimated at about $160,000.

The request for proposals will close Sept. 24, after which council will vote on which proposal to select. 

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