VANCOUVER(NEWS1130)- The powerful stench of creosote is gone from a popular stretch of beach in Vancouver.
The historic shoreline around the former Jericho Marginal Wharf has been restored.
The wharf – now gone – was a remnant of a former Royal Canadian Air Force station that operated from 1921 to 1945.
Park Board Commissioner Constance Barnes says the $2 million project has returned the site to its original natural beauty.
“We realized the soil was toxic, it had to be stored and taken off site bringing in fresh new soil. Then it was about restoration, bringing in the native habitat that was there,” she says.
The restored beach includes a lookout with binoculars, walking trails, seating and new signage displaying Jericho’s history.
“We did what we could to create and keep some of it, upcycle. Even the railings, they were actually from the old Lion’s Gate Bridge which people didn’t realize were incorporated in the structure that was there,” Barnes says.
Approval for the demolition of the Jericho Marginal Wharf came in 2010 after public consultations.