It was intended to happen last year but with the high water it was postponed. But now, the fifteen year old icons of the Cobourg Beach will be replaced with new units with improved portability, ergonomics and safety. They will also include storage for items like paddle boards and volleyball nets. Sa.wat.ski Concept Reality (SCR) was contracted to design the stations for $3,200 and at their meeting on Monday, Council was informed that two units would be built by SCR at a cost of $24,200 plus HST. The other two will hopefully be replaced in 2019. As part of the design process, YMCA (they provide the lifeguards), the Chief Building Official and the Cobourg Heritage Committee reviewed the design. The Heritage Committee approved the design with the condition that “each tower shall be painted a separate colour, to be selected by staff, from the Heritage Colour Palette”.
Payment will come from two sources:
- $12,000 allocated for this in the 2017 budget but deferred;
- Since the Waterfront User Needs Assessment and Detailed Design Plan will not require the total budget of $145,000, surplus funds will be available and will be used for this project.
In response to a question, Director Dean Hustwick said that it is hoped that the new stations would be ready for use by the Canada Day weekend.
Images below show one of the existing stations and a drawing of the new ones planned.