Seawall Park design on city agenda

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The first look at a design concept for Seawall Park tops the agenda for Monday’s Langley City Council meeting.

Seawall Park lines the water below downtown Langley with a trail, picnic tables, Indian carvings and easy access to the beach at low tide. But it’s difficult to reach, lacks cohesiveness and is not well marked for visitors.

“The purpose is to upgrade it,” said Frank Rose, former head of the Arts Commission, one of several groups involved in the Seawall Park subcommittee commissioned by the council to study and present possible designs.

“We want to make it ADA compliant so people can get down there and we want to have features that will attract kids and families,” he said.

The 15-minute presentation will show the design concept created by Jay Davenny.

“He has given it the theme of natural beauty,” Rose said, “and the park will have this theme throughout it.”

One of the features using sand, called a Sand Dabber, is described like an oversized “Etch-a-Sketch” board, according to draft papers of the concept.

Another is an open air shelter with windscreens called The Middens.

Private donations and grant funds would be sought for the project estimated to cost $300,000, Rose said. The plan requires council approval. A public hearing on the Seawall Park Plan will take place in early September.

Langley City Council meets at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 20, at City Hall.

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