Stanley Park Seawall closing due to maintenance starting this week

Nov 18 2019, 8:50 am

On Monday morning, the Stanley Park Seawall will undergo a partial closure, as crews begin annual maintenance on the structure.

From Monday, November 18, to Sunday, December 1, the Seawall between Prospect Point and Third Beach will be closed on weekdays from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. During this time, the Vancouver Park Board will be doing rock scaling work.

The park board said on Twitter that the slope maintenance program reduces the risk of debris slides. There will also be a number of detours as a result.

Stanley Park seawall took 60 years to complete

Created in 1917 with the goal of staving off erosion, the Stanley Park seawall took 60 years to complete. Work continued intermittently as resources became available, including a federal employment program during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The majority of the work was carried out between 1950 and 1980.

The seawall is associated with the noteworthy contributions of park employees, including master stonemason James Cunningham, who worked on its construction for more than 30 years, and Stuart Lefeaux, the park superintendent and engineer, who supervised the major expansion and completion of the seawall in the last three decades of construction.

The seawall has been extended outside of Stanley Park since 1980.