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Plans for city’s newest waterfront park unveiled

City staff unveiled plans for Richmond’s newest public park Tuesday.

London Landing Waterfront Park—also known as Kawaki Waterfront Park—will be a 0.63-hectare (1.55-acre) public space at the south end of No. 2 Road, according to a city hall report from park planner Yvonne Stich.

The city earlier entered a development deal with Oris Development (Kawaki) Corp., allowing apartments to be built in the area with the help of city land, in exchange for Oris paying to design and build a new park.

Lost in the deal is the dirt bike park, which the city has also tasked Oris with relocating, for which no public plan yet exists.

The new park will feature reconstructed timber and steel boat-ways next to the No. 2 Road Pier, reminding visitors of the historic boat work uses in London Landing. On shore, the park will feature a lawn, decorative buoys, benches and a dyke promenade.

Scheduled to be complete by summer of 2014, the park will cost Oris $484,000 to build. It comes with an annual cost to the city of $20,000 to maintain.

The name associated with the park, Kawaki, comes from the former Kawaki Canada fish processing plant in the area.

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