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Vancouver Park Board to begin annual rock scaling in Stanley Park

Photo: Sections of the seawall in Stanley Park will be closed starting Nov. 18 as Vancouver Park Board does annual rock scaling work.
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 Photo: Sections of the seawall in Stanley Park will be closed starting Nov. 18 as Vancouver Park Board does annual rock scaling work. Photo: Jennifer GauthierPhoto: Sections of the seawall in Stanley Park will be closed starting Nov. 18 as Vancouver Park Board does annual rock scaling work. File photo Jennifer Gauthier

Portions of the seawall through Stanley Park will be closed starting Monday as Vancouver Park Board begins the annual rock scaling work.

Work on the sandstone cliff along the seawall between Prospect Point and Third Beach will start Nov. 18 and is expected to take two weeks to complete. This portion of the seawall will be closed on weekdays from Nov. 18 until Nov. 29 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to ensure the safety of workers and to protect the public from falling rocks and debris. The seawall will be open in the evenings, as well as on Nov. 23 and 24.

The work includes power washing and hand scaling at Siwash Rock and Prospect Point, as well as a couple of other areas where the sandstone is compromised, vegetation removal, debris removal in catchment areas, around catch basins and along the drainage channel, and inspections of netting and rock anchors to ensure they are secure.

“Rock scaling is essential to reducing [the] risk of rock and debris slides onto the seawall pedestrian and cycling path, which is caused by heavy rain, windstorms, ice accumulation, and spring thaw,” the park board said in a news release. “Rock scaling has been taking place in Stanley Park every year for almost two decades.”

Signs about the closure of the seawall between Prospect Point and Third Beach will be posted throughout Stanley Park with recommended detours along unpaved paths.

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