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An interim decision has been made for Clover Point.

At today’s committee of the whole meeting, the City of Victoria council approved to pursue Option B for Clover Point: a partial closure of the loop.

Option B which will see 2,400 square metres of additional waterfront space for pedestrians, provide 25 parking stalls, and provide direct vehicular access to the shoreline.

One side of the loop proposes to include areas for food trucks and vendors, benches, picnic tables, and even a public art/play feature.

While the other side, the proposal sees a boathouse, as well as washrooms and a multi-use path.

After receiving a mix of reactions from their first proposal, the City of Victoria went back to the drawing board and deliberated and presented three new design options for Clover Point.

The initial plan would have seen the area closed to all vehicle traffic and will include more seating areas, picnic tables, bike racks, a food truck area, upgrade lighting, and Indigenous art installations.

Eight regular stalls and six accessible spaces would be at the water’s edge with a split-rail fence separating the parking area from the new pedestrian-only zone.

Several tweaks were made to the plan which will see the elimination of the orca art and no graphics.

The upgrades will cost roughly $275,000.

The partial closure is an interim measure and that the public will have a chance to influence the park’s permanent design during a future planning process.

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