BC Hydro is embarking on a years long, $50- to $100-million project to replace one of the North Shore’s main power substations.
Work is scheduled to begin next year for a new Capilano Substation in Murdo Frazer Park. The existing substation, which serves about 12,000 properties from the Capilano River to Lonsdale Avenue, was built in the 1950s.
“Most of the major equipment in this substation is near end of life and needs to be replaced for reliability and safety reasons,” a report from BC Hydro states.
The park will remain open during the work, as will the pitch and putt, but contractors will have to prune or remove trees surrounding the existing infrastructure. Access to existing parking on Woods Drive will be redirected through Elizabeth Way near the tennis courts.
BC Hydro will also be making improvements to the park including new trails, shelters and benches for the picnic area. Work is expected to last from late 2019 to 2024.