A new and improved concrete pier structure will replace Jericho Pier’s existing deteriorating wooden structure.
Earlier this month, Vancouver Park Board commissioners unanimously approved the $16-million pier project at Jericho Beach next to the Jericho Sailing Centre.
The existing 1977-built structure will be demolished for a new and longer structure built out of concrete and steel for greater durability.
Its height will be 2.5 metres higher than the existing pier to account for rising sea levels and storm surges, and the deck will be wider to accommodate more people and special events.
An area covered with boulders and beach sand at the foot of the pier will be turned into an entry plaza to create more flexible public space. Granite steps at the western edge of the entry plaza will maintain the pier’s direct water access and provide a connection between Locarno Beach to the west and Jericho Beach to the east.
There will be an accessible floating dock on the east side of the pier for emergency marine vessels and sailors with disabilities on the east side of the pier. This dock will have a berthing capacity for up to 15 sailboats for the Disabled Sailing Association’s adaptive sailing program.
Other ‘universal access’ design elements include accessible gangways, wide concrete floats, hoyer lifts, and a parking area for wheelchairs and scooters.
Ample seating at both the pier and entry plaza will allow locals and tourists to take in the views of Burrard Inlet and English.
A new accessible public washroom facility is planned for the entry plaza as the nearest washrooms are currently on the upper floor of the Jericho Sailing Centre.
Recreational fishing and crabbing opportunities will be retained in the new design.
With the approval, the municipal government will commence the detailed design process sometime next year. The government will fund half of the construction cost, with the sailing association fundraising the remainder.
If funding is secured as scheduled, construction could begin in 2020 for a completion in 2021.
Jericho Pier is a popular location in the city for not only recreational fishing and crabbing but also panoramic views of Burrard Inlet, the North Shore mountains, and the downtown Vancouver skyline.