Why does the Omand’s Creek Pedestrian Bridge require replacement?

    The bridge structure itself is at the end of its service life and will need replacement within the next five years. It also does not meet accessibility standards.

    Didn’t you do this study already?

    We studied the bridge in 2010.

    We took five design options to the community for input. These options included:

    • Three variations of a bridge
    • One design that focused on upgrading the park
    • One design that solely upgraded the existing bridge

    The study halted without recommending a design. 

    At that time, the public told us the designs would all negatively impact how community members use the park. We also heard the designs did not match the look and feel of the park.  

    What will be different this time around?

    We have lessons learned from the 2010 approach to guide us. We’re moving forward with the knowledge that preserving park assets is a priority for the community. Before we hire a consultant to do the design study, we are coming to the community to listen. We want to confirm what we heard in the past, learn what’s changed, and determine our best steps forward.

    What are you looking at as part of the design?

    This new study will look at the bridge itself, potential improvements to the pathways that surround it, and a future river access point.

    When will you build the bridge? How much will it cost?

    We do not yet have budget assigned for construction of the bridge. The design study will help us determine a Class 5 cost estimate and schedule for construction. We hope it could move to construction planning as early as 2026.

    Will you be building the river access when you build the new bridge?

    Honestly, we’re not sure.  This project will look at what could work for a river access point, considering your feedback, but construction may not include river access at this time.

    What will you do with the information you collect during this “pre-design engagement”?

    We want to ensure we fully understand current park use and shortcomings, the concerns raised around the 2010 design and process, a vision for a future river access point, and what the community wants to see in evaluation criteria. This will help us shape the study and design. It will also help shape future phases of engagement.