Oceanfront Park Trail Closure

Newport Beach Developments has shared the following Oceanfront Development Update:

In anticipation of building the last phase of the Oceanfront Main Road and the Presentation Centre, Matthews West will be mobilizing construction crews on site for the initial stages of construction; clearing and grubbing of trees and debris, driftwood removal and preloading.

Some areas of the Oceanfront and the Oceanfront Trail will be closed from time to time in order to keep the public safe and to complete the work in a timely manner. Keeping in mind how well loved and busy this area and the walking trail are, Matthews West will make every effort to ensure public access, where and when appropriate. Length of construction is anticipated to be from January- April 2021, at which time the main beach will be closed and there will be intermittent gate closures on the north and south ends of the walking trail. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the public during this time, by adhering to trail and park closures, in order to ensure everyone’s safety.
Matthews West looks in anticipation toward the future, to the completion of the Oceanfront Park, and is thankful to the community of Squamish in their efforts to realize this shared vision.

Please refer to the map below for Closure Areas and the Public Circulation Route. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Kristen Gauley at Matthews West, kristen@mwest.ca.

January 19, 2021

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  • District of Squamish Jan 22, 2021, 10:23 AM (44 days ago)

    Hello Caroline. The developer has received authorization from senior levels of Government for placement of fill material below the high water elevation to create the new Oceanfront Park. Within the beach area, fill placement below the high water elevation will take place during low tides when the ground surface is exposed. The developer has determined that temporary restrictions on access in this area is necessary to ensure the work can be completed safely without risk to members of the public.

    • Caroline Miller Jan 24, 2021, 12:43 AM (43 days ago)

      By the term fill material do you mean that this is the end of the beach as it currently exists? When can the community expect to have access to the beach again and will the sandy area be accessible when it reopens or will it be covered with fill and if so, what is the definition of "fill"?

  • Caroline Miller Jan 21, 2021, 10:44 AM (45 days ago)

    High tide is crown land, please see the link for BC regulations regarding Foreshore and Aquatic Crown Land Ownership in British Columbia. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/crown-land-water/crown-land/crown-land-uses/residential-uses/private-moorage
    “In British Columbia, the Province owns nearly all freshwater and saltwater foreshore. Land adjacent to foreshore may be privately owned, but in common law the public retains the privilege or "bare licence" to access the foreshore.”
    How is Matthews West able to restrict beach use? According to BC law, boat access should be permissible.

    • District of Squamish Jan 26, 2021, 8:31 AM (40 days ago)

      Hi Caroline - Fill material is material such as rock, gravel and soil, that is compacted to form the base of a project, in this case the new park. Sand, topsoil and vegetation can be placed on top of the fill to complete the park. This work is expected to be complete in 2022/2023. The Newport Beach website has renderings of the new park: https://www.newportbeachsquamish.ca

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