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Future of Tsawwassen's Centennial Beach concession under review

Centennial Beach is municipally-owned land that is leased to Metro Vancouver to manage as part of Boundary Bay Regional Park
The regional district opened the concession building at the beach in 2012. Sandor Gyarmati photo

Metro Vancouver is going to review the status of concession stand at Tsawwassen’s Centennial Beach.

A recent staff report to the Regional Parks Committee states that since the building’s opening in 2012, the equipment included in the food preparation/food storage areas have required frequent and costly repairs. It has also proven difficult at times to attract contractors to operate the concession given the financial and staffing challenges of the seasonal operation.

“As a result, Metro Vancouver is undertaking a study to determine the best use of the existing space, to help enhance visitor experience and financial viability. This study will include a space planning and business case analysis to explore options its future use. It is expected that this work will be concluded in the second quarter of 2024. Concession services will remain in place for 2024,” the report notes.

The review will be part of the committee’s work plan for next year when staff report back findings and recommendations.

Costing more than $2 million when it opened, the pavilion building houses washrooms and change rooms as well an eatery that has indoor seating for 16 and outdoor seating for 40.

The contracted food and non-alcoholic beverage café operates seasonally from mid-April to mid-October, providing service to park visitors.

When the facility opened in the summer of 2012, the regional district was finally able close and tear down an old, dilapidated concession/washroom building at the beach that stood for many years.