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West Vancouver to move forward with pier rebuilds after insurer OKs repairs

Ambleside and Dundarave piers were damaged during a massive storm surge in January of this year.
West Vancouver
The District of West Vancouver is pushing forward with repairs to Ambleside and Dundarave Piers after its insurer gave the go ahead for repairs.

The days of jumping off West Vancouver piers are on the horizon once more, as the district has received the OK from its insurer to dive into repairs after severe damage during a storm this winter.

In an update Tuesday (June 28), the district said it had confirmed the piers are both covered by insurance and “staff are now beginning work on detailed drawings and are planning repairs for the Ambleside Pier and floating dock at the Dundarave Pier.”

The structures were severely damaged on January 7 earlier this year due to a storm surge. The district has since been conducting structural assessments and insurance eligibility for the total cost of repairs.

In a statement to the North Shore News, the district said next steps include detailed drawings to obtain a cost estimate, securing any required budget, going to tender, obtaining the required foreshore permits, and conducting repairs.

“Optimistically, we are hopeful that this process could be completed in a year,” the district wrote.

For those looking to cool down with a plunge in the meantime, the district is suggesting folks go to Dundarave Beach, where a swimming dock is now open all summer after a two-year hiatus.

After successfully recruiting lifeguards for the district, lifeguards will be on duty at Dundarave Beach from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Charlie Carey is the North Shore News' Indigenous and civic affairs reporter. This reporting beat is made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.

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