Pedestrian Bridge in place over the Illecillewaet… now for some decking
By David F. Rooney
The new pedestrian bridge over the Illecillewaet River, to be formally known as the Mark Kingsbury Bridge, was hoisted into place over the course of about 12 hours Tuesday.
The structure, designed to resemble a classic railway bridge, lacks decking and a few other odds and ends but should soon be complete.
Mayor David Raven, who endured several hours of watching the operation said the bridge is the culmination of about 10 years of work by Council, City staff and other people to see the project through to completion. He said the bridge is being named after Mark Kingsbury, the man who took command at Canadian Mountain Holidays after the demise of its founder, Hans Gmoser. Since his death, the foundation has been active in promoting economic development. The foundation’s seminal grant of $100,000 to this project enabled the City to leverage more than $500,000 in additional grant funding from the CBT, Towns for Tomorrow and other agencies. As a result, not a dime came from local taxpayers.
The bridge, which has been built b y Vic Van Isle, will enhance the experience of the hundreds of people who hike through the Greenbelt and who had long wished for a way to easily access the flats south of the Illecillewaet.
While you can also view a time-com pressed video of the operation on the front page, here is a series of photos of the bridge placement operation we hope you’ll enjoy: