OSHAWA, ONT. — Improvements to city lands on the Oshawa Harbour are underway.
According to a City of Oshawa release, under the 2010 Settlement Agreement between the federal government and the Oshawa Port Authority, the city is required to redevelop the marina lands and the west wharf lands for a municipal public purpose by Oct. 31, 2018.
In order for the city to redevelop and open the lands to the public for recreational use, some preliminary work needs to occur.
The city will begin to clean-up the lands by removing the former yacht club and debris.
The city's contractors will remove the existing pedestrian bridge that crosses the Oshawa Creek and then install a new pedestrian bridge, adds the release.
"We anticipate some exciting development proposals on the marina lands and city lands to be enjoyed by the citizens of Oshawa," said Coun. John Aker, chair of the development services committee, in a statement.
As part of the environmental work approved by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, new top soil will be delivered to provide an appropriate capping of the lands.
In 2017, the currently fenced area located east of Simcoe Street South and south of Harbour Road, which consists of the marina lands and the west wharf lands, will be closed to the public during the construction period.
The lots that were used for special event parking within this area will also remain closed.