A new dog park at Aviation Way in Brocklehurst will cost Trans Mountain $170,000 to build, a financial injection into the community that comes in addition to a community benefits agreement that will net the city $700,000 when the pipeline expansion project begins.
Trans Mountain, which in August 2018 was purchased by the federal government from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion, is twinning its pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby to increase capacity for diluted bitumen shipped from Alberta to the West Coast.
City of Kamloops civic operations director Jen Fretz said the money will be used to convert the former softball field adjacent to the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association into a dog park, covering costs for a parking lot, fencing, lighting and other dog park elements.
“Trans Mountain has been very proactive in making sure they’re mitigating any impacts of construction,” Fretz said. “This is certainly one of them. The Ord Road dog park will be closed for a number of months during construction, so we were working with them. Now, here we go, we get a new dog park.”
The Aviation Way site has been used by dog owners in the past. However, Fretz said the property was never officially a dog park. Trans Mountain will cover costs of building the park, but the city will do the work and maintain the facility in the future. Fretz expects that work to be minimal. As residential development grows in the Tranquille area, Fretz said the city will wind up with two dog parks, something she said is needed, as a result of the pipeline construction project.
The Ord Road Dog Park will close temporarily in March as work on the pipeline expansion in the area begins. Work on the new park, meanwhile, will begin next week and open before the Ord Road park closes.
The city will also be doing rock face work along Ord Road, separate from Trans Mountain construction, after identifying a safety concern along that stretch. Every year, the city assesses rock faces.
“The rock face on Ord Road was shown to have some concerns from a safety concerns, with the potential — underline potential — for falling rock,” Fretz said. “So, we are going to be out there, starting in a couple of weeks, we are removing about 4,000 cubic meters of rock from that rock face, just to make sure that the travelling public is safe at all times.”
Blasting and scaling will begin mid-month and take between six and eight weeks to complete. Fretz said drivers can expect intermittent single-lane road closures.
The $700,000 the city will receive from Trans Mountain via the community benefits agreement will be issued when construction starts and has been earmarked for phase one of the Tranquille and airport/gateway corridor beautification plan.