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General News · 20th December 2015
Paul Ryan
I'm sure all of us have sat in a lineup in the summer, sweltering from the heat, with all their doors and windows open. For several years, your FAC has been talking about getting some shade in the CR terminal parking lot. We have gone through a few options with BCF; none of which have gone anywhere for a variety of reasons. We now have two options before us and we're asking our communities for input.
The first is a "pergola" type structure with a lattice type roof which would sit in the right hand corner at the front of the lot. It would have tables and would allow people to sit out of the sun but not be under a solid roof. The negatives are that it is across the lot from the majority of parking, and you would have to cross lines of traffic if the ferry were loading. This type of structure could be installed for next summer. Cost is $7-8K
The second option is an awning which would cover the walkway from the ticket booth to the crosswalk across from the waiting room. Our idea is that there would be benches installed between the planters, so people could sit without being in the way of foot traffic. It would also provide protection from rain storms when you walk back to get a ticket. The negative is that the cost is $30-40K and would not be completed for 2-3 years. It would probably be done in stages.
So please let us know which option you prefer. You can either email me or phone 285-3896.
Re alternate CR Shade
Comment by Paul Ryan on 20th December 2015
Been there, done that. That was our first option. Not doable because of buried electrical cables and waterlines. Trees would have to be Approx 50 ft high to provide any shade in summer.
Alternate CR Ferry Shade
Comment by Gypsy Mama on 20th December 2015
Some appropriate trees or shrubs along that walkway, with the proposed benches, would provide a great shade solution, being both more economical to budget in sooner, (even if they need a few years to acquire more height,) last longer, plus making it a healthier area with increased oxygen, sound buffering, and bringing some green to an otherwise dead ashphalt zone. There is no comment option on the notice, and only two options on the vote poll, so posting my idea here. What other ideas do you have? What about just a few simple 'patio tables' with umbrellas? A dry pedestrian walk would be lovely of course, however the projected cost seems overly high, compared to rain coats!