First look at Charlie Lake Boat Launch presented to PRRD

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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The regional district saw the first designs of the replacement to Charlie Lake’s boat launch through delegations from the City of Fort St. John in yesterday’s meeting, via General Manager of Community Services Wally Ferris and Director of Facilities & Grounds Craig Stanley.

The first design shows a new and improved boat launch, just off of Lakeshore drive at the south end of Charlie Lake, to replace the current structure.

UrbanSystems ltd. told the Facilities & Grounds department in November that, up until then, they had reviewed the area, any standards that are applicable, obtained material quotes, conducted client design review meetings, prepared preliminary drawings to be used with the environmental permitting work,  and construction cost estimates.

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UrbanSystems met Nilex representatives on site on Oct. 8 to review the proposed work, discuss installation methodologies, and design considerations.

Credit: City of Fort St. John, Urban Systems
Credit: City of Fort St. John, Urban Systems

“The basis of the design utilizes a flexible concrete mattress linked together by steel cables,” a representative with UrbanSystems stated in a letter to Facilities & Grounds.

“This structure provides a firm surface that has flexibility to react to changing subgrade conditions and has previously been used in boat launch applications at other locations.”

According to UrbanSystems, the design enables the structure to be placed into water surfaces using a crane without the need to pour concrete in water.

The preliminary estimate of costs for the boat launch is currently $220,000. The biggest ticket item on the list is the supply of ArmorFlex, at 274 units for $56,992. Installing the ArmorFlex would cost $30,000.

Though UrbanSystems drew up the plans using an ArmorFlex product, they acknowledge that it is open to an approved alternative to be used instead. They say a contractor will be able to propose an alternative, should they wish to do so, during tendering.


The Charlie Lake boat launch is listened in the City’s capital budget for 2016.

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