BLESS parking lot expands
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 06:00 am
The BLESS shelter parking lot just got a little bigger and greener, thanks to some improvements by the city’s public works department.
Officially called Rotary Park, the facility was on the receiving end of an expansion project that finished last Friday, said operations supervisor Derek Dallorto.
The lot now has room for 15 to 20 additional cars, as well as a small tree island.
The changes were made after public works noticed that the parking lot was difficult to access for many vehicles, he said.
“We’ve seen campers in there and they had trouble getting in and out,” he said. “People had to park on an angle and it was really hard to maintain, even in the winter.”
The lot is located at the end of Rodeo Drive near the Kinsmen RV park. It provides access to the west end of Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park.
Dallorto said public works added about six feet of extra space to either side of the lot, widening it to 2,600 square feet in total.
The parking lot now also features a green island that includes three spring snow crab apple trees, three gladiator apple trees, three silk tree lilacs and five rose bushes.
Public works added asphalt milling to the surface to prevent it from getting muddy, Dallorto said.
“We wanted to address the winter and spring issues,” he said.