Friday, September 18, 2015

Viewing Platform Honors Slain WFP Employees

Jack Point Park Memorial viewing platform

"The opening of this viewing platform is a memorable addition to Jack Point Park; it's a reflective place where friends, families, co-workers and the community can remember two departed members of our community, the lives they lived and the contributions they made." - Bill McKay Mayor City of Nanaimo       


The City of Nanaimo along with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Western Forest Products and the United Steel Workers, Local 1-1937 worked together to create a memorial viewing platform to honor the memory of those employees who lost their lives at the Nanaimo Sawmill on April 30, 2014.

After reviewing several sites at which to install a platform, City staff and representatives from Western Forest Products, and in agreement with Snuneymuxw First Nations, determined that the point at the north end of Jack Point Park was the most appropriate location as it provided an unobstructed view of Nanaimo from the water.

The project used materials manufactured by and provided to the project by Western Forest Products. The United Steel Workers will provide the dedication plaque. City parks crews built the platform and boardwalk with the assistance of a Snuneymuxw First Nation member who recently graduated from the VIU Carpentry Program.       

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