Jun 16, 2022

Transfer Beach public washroom, picnic shelters reopened following upgrades

The Town of Ladysmith has now completed a significant portion of the Transfer Beach Park improvements and is pleased to reopen the public washroom facilities as summer approaches and more people visit this popular waterfront destination.

Additionally, both the Kinsmen Shelter and Sportsmen Shelter are now available for day use and rental bookings after significant upgrades were undertaken to improve the overall aesthetic and layout.

These enhancements and others are the result of a $701,552 Provincial grant received by the Town through Tourism Dependent Community Fund stream.

Ongoing projects at Ladysmith’s waterfront park as a result of this grant funding include construction of a shelter over the Salish Wind canoe and building a walkway down to the beach, increasing the overall accessibility of the green space for those with mobility challenges.

Public Washroom facilities

The public washroom renovations add nearly 260 sq. ft. to the existing building and reconfigure the floor plan to achieve better functionality and overall use of space. 

A new community space has been added as part of the building expansion to serve as a headquarters for large scale events at the park.  The room is equipped with a dedicated washroom and will have a cot added for first aid emergencies.

Additionally, we have added a new universal washroom that is wheelchair accessible and equipped with an AED machine, ensuring it is readily available to the public.

The exterior of the building is wrapped with durable ceramic-coated siding with a faux wood design and metal siding giving it a modern West Coast finish.

Upon entering the men’s and women’s washrooms, you’ll immediately notice the newly added skylights that provide natural lighting and brighten the space.  We have also installed energy efficient LED lighting that is controlled by a motion sensor – lowering our energy costs.

The finishes inside the washroom such as the faucets, toilets, and soap and paper towel dispenser are now all completely touchless, enhancing to overall cleanliness of the space and reducing contact points for the public.

We have also increased the capacity of both washrooms by adding an additional toilet and sink on the women’s side, and two additional toilets as well as another urinal in the men’s washroom. 

Both of the accessible washrooms in these respective spaces were expanded to provide more maneuverability and functionality.

A heat recovery ventilator system was also installed to improve airflow and air quality throughout the building.

Kinsmen and Sportsmen Shelters

The Kinsmen and Sportsmen Shelters are the perfect places to hold your next birthday party or family reunion, especially after the recent upgrades that have modernized these two spaces.

The Kinsmen Shelter now has a more open feel to the picturesque surroundings after the removal of the decommissioned fireplace and expansion of the main entrance.   Substantial structural upgrades were also undertaken to meet today’s building and seismic codes.

New LED lights controlled by photocell and rebuilt exterior walls as well as ceiling panels brighten the overall aesthetic of the space.  The shelter was completed with a new metal roof and repainted to complement the natural surroundings.

The Sportsmen shelter was renovated to match the Kinsmen Shelter with a new roof, posts and walls.  An extra entrance was added and will eventually tie in to the future accessible walkway down to the beach.

All materials that were used in these projects are intended to be long lasting and easy to maintain.

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For Information:

Mike Gregory
Communications and Engagement Specialist
mgregory@ladysmith.ca | 250.210.1740