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City seeks to liven Steveston riverfront
City of Richmond officials are making an attempt to animate the river near Steveston.
A new request for expressions of interest is calling for operators to pitch their ideas for waterfront recreational services at Imperial Landing and Britannia Shipyards.
Officials are suggesting a canoe and kayak tour and rental business, a water taxi service and boat tours could make use of riverside space by entering revenue-sharing or rental agreements with the city.
The city owns floats at both Steveston sites, including new ones at Imperial Landing, which stretch 183 metres.
It’s at Imperial Landing where the city has an existing relationship with a company, Kaymaran Adventure Tours, which offers lessons and tours. Its agreement with the city expires at summer’s end, according to city spokesperson Kim Decker.
Decker said the new call for operators will tell the city if there’s interest from other providers for such a service or other waterfront recreational services.
Other animation at the Imperial Landing floats has trickled in from small pleasure craft, which are now permitted to moor there for up to three days.
Another business, Steveston EcoTours, operates out of Britannia in an “informal” arrangement with the city, noted Decker.
According to the city’s 2009 waterfront strategy, the passages between the South Arm islands off of Steveston provide calm waters excellent for tours, particularly for kayaks. The islands of Woodwards, Duck and Barber are part of Richmond, while other islands in the area—Kirkland, Gunn and Williamson islands, are owned and managed by the Nature Trust of B.C.
The call for expressions of interests closes Sept. 26. If the city nets interest, a contract could be awarded in October.