One of the perks on the mid island is Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville.
The campsites at Rathtrevor are getting additional layers of gravel and new concrete pads, as well as replacement picnic tables. Also, a playground is getting upgraded.
The total cost for the upgrades is $2.5 million. A contract worth $900,000 was awarded to Rogers Trucking dba JB Contracting based in Lantzville.
The original picnic tables were made from solid old growth wood. Lack of basic maintenance had reportedly led to rot starting on the inside of the picnic tables.
The new picnic tables will be built by Nanaimo based MacKay Precast Products.
Construction workers are scheduled to be operating in the park until March 1, 2013.
The current camping fee is $30 per night.
Backround: Rathtrevor takes its name from Rath, an Irish family who homesteaded on the land. William Rath was a gold prospector who arrived in 1886 with his wife and baby daughter. They cleared the land in 1895 and built a cabin and barn. William Rath died in 1903 leaving behind Elizabeth and five children. Elizabeth ran a farm on the land and eventually operated a campground. Rathtrevor Campground became Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in 1967.
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