Barrie’s Johnson Beach to get makeover

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Ontario Construction Report staff writer

A popular beach in Barrie is getting a make-over.

The city is currently completing a detail design for changes at Johnson Beach – located in the city’s east-end – and plans will be shared by the engineering department at an open house on Jan. 16 at the Parkview Community Centre, 189 Blake Street. Design drawings will be presented at the meeting, and participants will be able to provide input and ask questions.

Construction will include parking area curb changes and the removal of the existing rock channel which will be replaced with sand. A new overflow conduit will be installed east of the current channel.

Work is scheduled to begin in November 2020 and it should take about four weeks to complete. The beach will not be closed during construction, but parking lot usage will be restricted.

Modifications to the storm sewer outlet that passes through the beach were completed in 2016. Since then, there have been no issues with overland flows, but additional changes are needed to maximize the beach area.

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