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Extra funding piled on for gathering circle project

The added costs have come from the need to drive piles six metres into the soil.
The Gathering Circle design is intended to mimic a food forest with a canopy that reflects symbols of the seven Ojibwe grandfather teachings. Contributed photo

It’s going to take another $85,000 to install the Indigenous gathering circle project at Harbourview Park.

Dean Collver, director of parks, recreation and culture, approached council for the budget increase at a special meeting July 12. Council approved the increase.

Collver said the increase in budget – which was originally approved ar $600,000 – was due to the soil not being able to support the structure.

To make up for the instability, the crew will have to drive concrete piles about six metres into the soil.

“We all knew this was a landfill, but we hoped there was structural integrity in the soil,” said Collver. “There is not. It is, what [the geo-technical analyst] referred to as ‘popcorn.’”

The project won’t be entirely complete by the early September opening date. The design team decided to phase in some of the landscaping features in order to save money.


Erika Engel

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