WHITEHORSE—Massive concrete beams are being hoisted into place on the banks of the Yukon River, showing for the first time the dimensions of the new Whitehorse wharf.
“It’s impressive to see the wharf taking shape,” Community Services Minister Archie Lang said. “This is a new page in the rich history of the Whitehorse waterfront, a place that has long been important to residents and travellers.”
Minister Lang toured the construction site as a large crane placed 10-metre precast concrete beams onto steel piles that were driven into the riverbed this spring. Once the concrete base is in position, timbers and decking will be attached and amphitheatre seating will be built on the river bank, creating a public viewing and gathering area and a venue for outdoor events.
The wharf is one of many projects enhancing the Yukon River waterfront from Rotary Park to Shipyards Park. Completed projects include trail lighting, soil remediation, parking, landscaping and restoring historic buildings.
The wharf is expected to open to the public in early fall, and the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre containing the new Whitehorse Public Library will open later this year.
The wharf and other waterfront projects are funded through contributions from the Government of Canada’s Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF) and the Government of Yukon.
For more information about the Whitehorse wharf and other infrastructure projects visit Yukon Infrastructure Funds.
Communications, Community Services