New ‘Patio Portal’ planned for Cowichan Bay

Project will improve public access to the Cowichan Bay waterfront

Work on a new ‘Patio Portal’ which will be located at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre is expected to begin early next year.

Led by the Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Society, with support from the Island Coastal Economic Trust and other funders, the 800 sq. ft. Patio Portal is intended to improve public access to the Cowichan Bay waterfront.

RELATED STORY: WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL FEATURES 100-YEAR-OLD WIND

The portal will also create a connection between the pier, the Maritime Centre and nearby businesses, establishing a new waterfront gathering place.

Once complete, the structure is proposed to provide an inviting area for residents and visitors alike, with large sail-mast shades, a wooden boat play set for children, and interpretive panels to learn about Cowichan Bay’s maritime history.

The portal will also provide a venue for new events such as live entertainment, outdoor art and other special events.

Completion of the project is anticipated in the summer of 2020, and the cost has yet to be released.

“The Patio Portal has been designed in a way that blends into the existing structures of the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre while giving it a maritime feel, reflecting the community’s unique history and culture,” said Ion Barnes, president of the Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Society.

“It will become a focal point for tourists and residents, providing another great reason to visit Cowichan Bay.”

RELATED STORY: PHASE ONE OF MARITIME CENTRE PIER RECONSTRUCTION COMPLETE

Josie Osborne is the chairwoman of ICET, a provincial organization that has been at the forefront of economic diversification, planning and regional revitalization for the past 13 years.

She said the Patio Portal project is a direct outcome of the Cowichan Bay Village Vitalization Strategy, which noted that the waterfront could become a more valuable tourism asset with better infrastructure.

“Built at street-grade level, it will provide increased accessibility for all ages, and has the potential to be the catalyst for other community-based projects,” Osborne said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lynn scores two as Caps strike first

Cowichan scores four in the third to dump Powell River 6-3

Second fire in as many weeks at Chemainus Secondary

UPDATE**2:10 p.m. students are being dismissed from school. “For those that take… Continue reading

Shawnigan Hills parkrun report for Feb. 22

New record of 38 participants

Homelessness and affordability raised as major concerns in CVRD survey

But most CVRD residents content with quality of life

Arts and Entertainment column: From opera to jazz to burlesque, it’s all coming up in Cowichan

On the big screen at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, classic Porgy and Bess.

Toddler killed in Squamish grocery store parking lot

Child’s mother taken to hospital but her condition is not known

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

Most Read