Reliable power and water supply had been seen as the highest priority, so much of the investigation focussed on these items, as well as problems with dock infrastructure (floats and pilings), wake from passing boats, ramps, dredging, and so on. An early finding was that both the power and water systems are old and overtaxed. The power supply needs to be replaced from the source (a transformer shed west of Harmony Grove Park) including all underground cabling. This is fairly expensive, and doesn't leave a lot of money left for other improvements.
Two options were presented:
Option A - which proposed electrical and water upgrades to docks M through T, on the basis that some customers could see some immediate improvements, and if docks themselves could not be replaced, then these improvements should be limited to only the newest docks in the marina (which are already 30 years old).
Option B - proposed replacement of the "head float", or main float connecting all the rest of the docks in the south-east basin. (G to L float). This would provide a new "backbone" for this part of the marina, wider floats, new pilings, and new water and power service embedded within the floats. This would make it much easier for future replacement of other docks as and when money becomes available in future Capital Plans.
While neither option goes nearly far enough for many of the desperately needed improvements we would like to see, it was clear at the meeting that the vast majority of attendees thought Option B was the better plan. As such, the Parks Board and engineers will move forward with Option B, and refine the scope of work and schedule. The Parks Board has promised a follow-up meeting soon to brief marina customers on how the project will proceed from here.
A copy of the meeting presentation is available here: