from The Vancouver Sun today:
The foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver will be the site of a new water feature after $400,000 was donated to the city’s waterfront revitalization project.
The city said Tuesday that the donation by Richardson International through the Richardson Foundation will be used for a “one-of-a-kind playful and vibrant gathering place for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy one of the most spectacular locations on the waterfront.”
Richardson moves Canadian grains through its western Canadian facilities, including its North Vancouver terminal.
The new water area will include rippling water, large natural boulders for seating and areas for playing inside the water area.
The 344-square-metre (3,700 square feet) water feature will be located between the new Polygon Gallery and the Tap and Barrel restaurant and can be turned off to allow for other uses of the space.
“Richardson is a great community partner and we are very appreciative of this important contribution to the revitalization of our waterfront,” said Mayor Darrell Mussatto in a statement.
Phil Hulina, Richardson’s senior director, Vancouver Terminal Operations, said investing in communities is important to the company. “We are pleased to support this exciting project and the community of North Vancouver by leaving a lasting legacy that people of all ages can enjoy.”
Richardson, a part of the North Vancouver waterfront since the 1950s, recently completed a major terminal expansion.
The city recently finished its 48-metre-long Megabench, the first of many public spaces coming to the foot of Lonsdale.
Revitalization of the waterfront area also includes an outdoor public skating rink, heritage elements, an enhanced public stage, and commercial elements including a restaurant, retail and a hotel.
The overall plan is expected to be finished by the fall of 2017.