Transport Canada Completes the Victoria Middle Harbour Remediation Project
July 24, 2019
Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced completion of the Middle Harbour Remediation Project to remove contaminants from the local Victoria harbour ecosystem. Learn more here.
With the remediation project now complete, Transport Canada will transfer approximately two acres of federally-owned land to the City of Victoria. The land transfer agreement is conditional and pending a minimum year-long post-remediation review, which includes environmental sampling of soil and groundwater. The land will be part of the City’s new three-acre Laurel Point Park.
What’s Coming Next: Creating the New Laurel Point Park
Beginning this fall, neighbours, the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, and the entire community will be involved in designing the new park and its amenities, in keeping with the vision and objectives of the City’s Parks and Open Space Master Plan.
The goal is to create a high-quality waterfront park that will provide health and wellness benefits for citizens. The concept design phase is anticipated to be complete by February 2020. Following Council approval of the concept design, the detailed design and park construction will begin.
In the interim, the City will reopen the site in the fall after the grass has established.
How to Get Involved
There will be many of opportunities to get involved and help shape the future of Laurel Point Park throughout the concept design stage. If you would like to receive updates, please visit the Laurel Point Project.