Neill St and Village Green Improvements Project

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This project, approved in the 2022-2026 Financial Plan combines 2 different Community Services and Infrastructure and Public Works Division projects:

  1. The replacement of an aging 166m Asbestos Concrete watermain on Neill Street between First Street and Third Street.
  2. The redevelopment of the Village Green, including:
    1. Replacing of the tennis/pickleball court surface and subsurface, replacement of all sport court fencing and equipment, and accessibility improvements to both (basketball and tennis/pickleball) courts
    2. Development of a sidewalk connecting Second Street with Third Street
    3. Improved on-street parking infrastructure to support expansion of the downtown pay parking program

Village Green Project Location:


Neill Street Water Main Replacement Location:



Background

In 2012, Koers and Associates completed The District’s 2012 Water Capital Plan. The plan called for the replacement of the aging Asbestos Concrete watermain on Neill Street. In 2022, The District engaged McElhanney Engineering to evaluate the existing surface condition and defects of the sports courts and identify suitable improvement options. While the basketball surface was found to be in fair condition, the tennis court surface was found to have significant cracking, and poor, non-homogenous subsurface materials, and required complete replacement.

Combining 2 Projects into 1

The two projects are being proposed to be completed concurrently to achieve a number of efficiencies by having the same civil contractor mobilized to the site to complete excavation of the road shoulder and slope bordering the tennis court area, combined road and retaining wall works, shared concrete and sidewalk works, shared traffic control, asphalt mobilization, line painting, and remedial landscape works.


A rendering of the Neill St and Village Green Improvements Project


Costs and Funding:

Engineered cost estimates based on the combined project scope puts the total project cost at $1,821,387. The project is proposed to be funded from a combination of sources including:

Capital and Infrastructure Levy (Water)$440,700
Capital and Infrastructure Levy (Roads)$344,487
Capital and Infrastructure Parks Projects$486,200
Pay Parking Revenue Reserve$110,000
Resort Municipality Initiative$440,000
Total$1,821,387

Projected total costs and funding sources for the Neill St and Village Green Improvements Project


Project Benefits:

The replaced court will improve the safety and experience of users of Tofino’s outdoor public facility while reducing the District’s risk of liability. Improved accessible pathways into both courts will create a more inclusive facility. The installation of a safe and continuous sidewalk in this area of downtown supports accessibility and public safety while continuing to work towards the goals set out in both Tofino’s Downtown Vitalization Plan and Multi-Modal Transportation Plan.

- Improve the safety and experience of users of Tofino's outdoor public tennis/pickleball courts

- Improved public safety in the downtown core

- Reduced risk of infrastructure failure

- Reduced maintenance expenses

- Reduced risk to the District due to park user/public injury

- Improved accessibility to Tofino's primary developed park space as well as downtown pedestrian network, resulting in a more inclusive facility and community

- Improved parking amenity on Neill Street, bordering Village Green Park

The project is also strongly supported by Council’s current Strategic Plan, the 2021 Official Community Plan as well as the District’s Recreation Management Plan, and asset management goals by replacing aging infrastructure.

This project, approved in the 2022-2026 Financial Plan combines 2 different Community Services and Infrastructure and Public Works Division projects:

  1. The replacement of an aging 166m Asbestos Concrete watermain on Neill Street between First Street and Third Street.
  2. The redevelopment of the Village Green, including:
    1. Replacing of the tennis/pickleball court surface and subsurface, replacement of all sport court fencing and equipment, and accessibility improvements to both (basketball and tennis/pickleball) courts
    2. Development of a sidewalk connecting Second Street with Third Street
    3. Improved on-street parking infrastructure to support expansion of the downtown pay parking program

Village Green Project Location:


Neill Street Water Main Replacement Location:



Background

In 2012, Koers and Associates completed The District’s 2012 Water Capital Plan. The plan called for the replacement of the aging Asbestos Concrete watermain on Neill Street. In 2022, The District engaged McElhanney Engineering to evaluate the existing surface condition and defects of the sports courts and identify suitable improvement options. While the basketball surface was found to be in fair condition, the tennis court surface was found to have significant cracking, and poor, non-homogenous subsurface materials, and required complete replacement.

Combining 2 Projects into 1

The two projects are being proposed to be completed concurrently to achieve a number of efficiencies by having the same civil contractor mobilized to the site to complete excavation of the road shoulder and slope bordering the tennis court area, combined road and retaining wall works, shared concrete and sidewalk works, shared traffic control, asphalt mobilization, line painting, and remedial landscape works.


A rendering of the Neill St and Village Green Improvements Project


Costs and Funding:

Engineered cost estimates based on the combined project scope puts the total project cost at $1,821,387. The project is proposed to be funded from a combination of sources including:

Capital and Infrastructure Levy (Water)$440,700
Capital and Infrastructure Levy (Roads)$344,487
Capital and Infrastructure Parks Projects$486,200
Pay Parking Revenue Reserve$110,000
Resort Municipality Initiative$440,000
Total$1,821,387

Projected total costs and funding sources for the Neill St and Village Green Improvements Project


Project Benefits:

The replaced court will improve the safety and experience of users of Tofino’s outdoor public facility while reducing the District’s risk of liability. Improved accessible pathways into both courts will create a more inclusive facility. The installation of a safe and continuous sidewalk in this area of downtown supports accessibility and public safety while continuing to work towards the goals set out in both Tofino’s Downtown Vitalization Plan and Multi-Modal Transportation Plan.

- Improve the safety and experience of users of Tofino's outdoor public tennis/pickleball courts

- Improved public safety in the downtown core

- Reduced risk of infrastructure failure

- Reduced maintenance expenses

- Reduced risk to the District due to park user/public injury

- Improved accessibility to Tofino's primary developed park space as well as downtown pedestrian network, resulting in a more inclusive facility and community

- Improved parking amenity on Neill Street, bordering Village Green Park

The project is also strongly supported by Council’s current Strategic Plan, the 2021 Official Community Plan as well as the District’s Recreation Management Plan, and asset management goals by replacing aging infrastructure.

  • Project Update: June 21, 2024

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    Tennis and Pickleball courts at the Village Green will open on Monday, June 24, 2024, at 9 AM.

    Construction crews have been working on replacing the surface and subsurface of the courts throughout 2023 and 2024. They have also replaced all fencing and made accessibility improvements. The courts have been reoriented to include four pickleball courts and one tennis court.

    Residents are kindly asked not to use the courts until Monday, June 24, 2024, to allow the newly painted surfaces to settle properly.

    The District appreciates the community's patience and understanding during the closure of the courts to allow for these upgrades.

  • Project Update: February 13, 2024

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    The District of Tofino is pleased to inform the community that the Basketball Courts at the Village Green have been reopened following a period of closure for refurbishment as part of the Neill Street & Village Green Improvements Project.

    The upgrades to the basketball courts include:

    • Installation of new basketball nets, hoops, backboards, and stands.
    • Establishment of an accessible ramp and stairs leading to the basketball court.
    • Installation of new fencing surrounding the court perimeter.
    • Addition of new benches within the court.

    The District would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during the temporary closure while the upgrades were being completed.


  • Project Update: November 17, 2023

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    The District of Tofino would like to share the progress regarding the Neill Street & Village Green improvements. ⁠

    ⁠The replacement of the Neill Street water main and stormwater infrastructure is now fully complete.⁠

    ⁠Road paving and new angle parking is complete, with line painting to follow. ⁠

    ⁠A new continuous sidewalk along Neill Street connecting Second Street to First Street is also complete.⁠

    ⁠Upgrades to the basketball court are nearing completion. The court will soon have new posts, backboards, hoops, benches, and fencing installed. The court is planned to be open by the end of November. ⁠

    ⁠Railings for the new accessible ramps will also be completed by the end of the month.⁠

    ⁠The tennis & pickleball courts will not be paved this year as crews must wait for warmer temperatures to ensure a quality playing surface. Paving is expected to occur mid-March 2024. Staff have informed user groups and free drop-in pickleball continues to be offered in the Community Hall three times a week.⁠

    ⁠Thank you for your patience during these exciting upgrades. ⁠

  • Sports courts to close July 10, 2023

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    As of July 10, 2023, the Tennis and Pickleball courts will close for construction and resurfacing. Estimated re-opening is for September 30, 2023.

    Thank you for your patience as we upgrade this community court for all users. We recognize this is an inconvenience for many, as it is also a necessary step to the completion of the project.

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  • Construction Begins (May 15, 2023)

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    Sports Courts

    Work begins on this project on May 15, 2023. Half of the sports courts will close May 15, 2023 until project completion (estimated Sep 30, 2023). One tennis court and one basketball hoop will remain open until approximately mid-July (schedule subject to change).

    Traffic Disruptions

    Traffic disruptions will begin on May 23, 2023. Neil street from Second Street to Third Street will be closed and only open for local traffic until further notice. Traffic disruptions will continue until project completion (estimated Sep 30, 2023).

    Thank you for your patience as we upgrade and expand these public services.


Page last updated: 21 Jun 2024, 09:52 AM