Zuckerberg Island may once again be safely/legitimately enjoyed. Pictured at reopening event (from left) are city council members Mayor Chernoff

Zuckerberg Island may once again be safely/legitimately enjoyed. Pictured at reopening event (from left) are city council members Mayor Chernoff

Castlegar attraction accessible once again

Flooding damage in 2012 had put Zuckerberg Island off limits

Zuckerberg Island is an appealing asset for residents and visitors alike, and many have lamented its closure due to damage inflicted by extremely high water levels last year.

Degradation and erosion from raging waters put the Island out of bounds for the best part of a year but that has changed for the better.

An official re-opening of the park and suspension bridge leading to it has taken place on May 30, and it’s a pretty popular move. Visitors are not the only ones who will be happy.

“I know we’ve had a lot of locals chomping at the bit to get back over there,” said City of Castlegar Engineering Technologist Lee Lafayette.

“After the flooding last year we had an engineering firm do an assessment on the bridge,” Lafayette explained. “We found that the approach to the bridge on the island side was unsafe. We took out the section that was damaged, and totally replaced it.”

Barring something catastrophic there’s every reason to hope for un-hindered access to to popular destination in future.

Chris D’Arcy of the Castlegar and District Heritage Society was part of those attending the Thursday event, and was happy to take it in.

“Very, very pleased,” was D’Arcy’s comment on the the re-opening. “It’s a wonderful repair job,” he added. “We can have confidence.”