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Summerland could be getting a new pier by July 2024

Rotary is hosting a 50/50 draw to make the pier ‘the pride of Summerland’
The pier at Rotary Beach was dismantled in late September with a new pier possibly ready by next summer. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland could be getting a brand new pier by July 2024 if all goes to plan.

In September the beloved pier at Rotary Beach was dismantled after an engineering report deemed the structure unsafe with rotting pilings.

Graham Statt, Summerland’s chief administrative officer said they are currently working with the provincial government to get permission to put in the new piles in the new year.

They are requesting an extension to the environmental window to more quickly begin work to replace the pier.

If they get that permission, a basic pier could be in place by May or June with an official opening in July, said Statt.

“This timeline is entirely dependent on the province allowing us to extend that working window. If we don’t get that, expect delays on the opening of the pier,” he added.

Council has earmarked $797,400 for a basic replacement of the pier coming from the $4.533 million provincial Growing Communities Fund.

In May, the municipality received approval from the provincial environment ministry to disassemble the structure.

The dismantling was delayed after an issue with a migrating bird that had settled there.

In the meantime, the Rotary Club is currently fundraising to provide enhancements to the pier. Preferred amenities identified in the survey included additional benches, a shade structure, a rope swing, a jumping board, aquatic stairs, lighting on the railing, a slide, a stepped-down platform, solar lighting on the shade structure and a floating dock and ramp.

The District has partnered with the Summerland Rotary Club for the project.

“Together, we can enhance the basic design and make the new pier the pride of Summerland - a legacy for Summerlanders to enjoy for generations to come,” said the Summerland Rotary.

The club is currently hosting its annual 50/50 tickets draw with proceeds going to the pier enhancements.

Ticket sales opened Oct. 30, and will close Dec.13, with the draw taking place on Dec. 15.

The current pot is $3,590 with winner taking half.

Get your tickets by going to summerlandrotary.fafflenexuscom.

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Monique Tamminga

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Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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