Annex Dike Flood Protection & Active Transportation Improvements

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Annex Dike Flood Protection Improvement

The Annex Dike Flood Protection Improvement Project is the City's third major flood mitigation and protection initiative and is valued at $4.975 million (grant funded).

The Annex Dike protects the over 900 residences, 113 commercial properties, 6 industrial properties, and 2,000+ citizens living in the Annex neighbourhood.

Project Goals

This focus of the Annex Dike Flood Protection Improvement project is to:

  • Raise the dike along the 1,800 linear meters of the existing dike to identified flood construction levels
  • Reconstruct the dike slope and crest
  • Improve erosion protection

Background:

In 2019, the City of Fernie commissioned and completed a Flood Mitigation Plan, which identified flood hazards based on existing flood protection infrastructure and new floodplain mapping from the 2017 Elk River and 2014 Coal Creek studies. Many of the existing dikes were determined to be too low, and additional gaps in flood protection were identified throughout the community. The recommended mitigation measures throughout the City were prioritized based on the associated risks using a likelihood and consequence of failure methodology.

Based on this plan, the City has secured $8.234 million in funding to improve flood protection since 2019. So far, we’ve increased our flood protection in two locations, along the Mountview Dike and the Northlands "Maiden Lake" Dike. Our third and current project aims to provide flood protection for Annex residents by upgrading the Annex Dike.

Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network Improvements

Further enhancements to the Annex Dike are also underway, funded through a $500,000 provincial Active Transportation grant that will provide paved trails, accessible and inclusive features. These enhancements will integrate the Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network, along the newly upgraded dike, with the grant-funded Fernie Valley Pathway Segment 1B.

Project Goals:

  • Provide accessible and inclusive features that benefit locals and visitors
  • Connect the Annex trail system to the Fernie Valley Pathway and provide improved inclusive accessibility and trail animation/interpretation

To advance these initiatives, the City is working on three separate but connected projects with a combined project value of $7.178 million:

  • Annex Dike Flood Protection Improvements – providing 1:500 flood protection for the Annex neighbourhood from the bridge to bridge.
  • Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network Improvements – improving mobility and active transportation along the Annex Dike.
  • Fernie Valley Pathway Segment1B – enhancing our active transportation network from West Fernie Bridge to Provincial Park Road.

These projects represent a significant investment in meeting the challenges of climate change and climate change mitigation by investing in both flood protection and active transportation, supporting reduced reliance on motorized transportation throughout the community.

Project Status and Next Steps

Improvements to the Annex Dike are still in the design phase, with 90% of the design complete and approved. This means structural designs of the Dike has been finalized by engineers, and we're now working to refine features, enhancements, and discretionary items not critical to the structure, such as wellness stations, a hand launch, landscaping etc. A complete version of the 90% design drawings can be viewed in the 'Reports' section of this project page.

Once designs are complete, the City of Fernie will issue a Request for Proposal that combines the final design and paving of the Annex Dike Flood Protection, Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network Improvements and Fernie Valley Pathway projects to provide an integrated, inclusive, active transportation corridor connecting the community along the Elk River and Highway 3.

Engaging the Community

The City has formed an Advisory Group to review public feedback, provide recommendations, and generate ideas for discretionary elements, such as wellness stations.

The group is made up of representatives from the Francophone school, the Seniors’ community, Fernie Academy, Fernie & District Historical Society, Elk River Alliance, Tourism Fernie, and Fernie City Administration.

Over the course of January and February 2022, the group has been exploring different ideas and making recommendations in the following areas:

  • Overall theme of wellness stations
  • Location of wellness stations
  • Physical expression of theme, the fun part, determining exactly what a wellness station can look like (Considering amenities such as exercise equipment, benches, storyboards, structures, etc.)

The Advisory Groups meets biweekly, exploring BIG IDEAS and delving into what their visions are for the Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network Improvements project. Summaries of these meetings are available for anyone interested in following along.

The broader public will have access to a comment forum on the project webpage for providing their feedback on the Advisory Group’s progress. To provide additional public access, the March 3 Advisory Group meeting from 5pm - 7pm will be live streamed and recorded for the public to view. Following the Advisory Group's final meeting, City staff will present recommendations to Council in late March.

Click here to join the March 3rd meeting as a viewer.

Project Feedback

Want to provide your feedback on the wellness station concepts that are currently being worked on by the Advisory Group? Click on the guestbook below and offer your thoughts on the preliminary concept sketches.

Other questions or feedback about Annex Dike & Active Transportation Projects can be directed via email to: operations@fernie.ca

Annex Dike Flood Protection Improvement

The Annex Dike Flood Protection Improvement Project is the City's third major flood mitigation and protection initiative and is valued at $4.975 million (grant funded).

The Annex Dike protects the over 900 residences, 113 commercial properties, 6 industrial properties, and 2,000+ citizens living in the Annex neighbourhood.

Project Goals

This focus of the Annex Dike Flood Protection Improvement project is to:

  • Raise the dike along the 1,800 linear meters of the existing dike to identified flood construction levels
  • Reconstruct the dike slope and crest
  • Improve erosion protection

Background:

In 2019, the City of Fernie commissioned and completed a Flood Mitigation Plan, which identified flood hazards based on existing flood protection infrastructure and new floodplain mapping from the 2017 Elk River and 2014 Coal Creek studies. Many of the existing dikes were determined to be too low, and additional gaps in flood protection were identified throughout the community. The recommended mitigation measures throughout the City were prioritized based on the associated risks using a likelihood and consequence of failure methodology.

Based on this plan, the City has secured $8.234 million in funding to improve flood protection since 2019. So far, we’ve increased our flood protection in two locations, along the Mountview Dike and the Northlands "Maiden Lake" Dike. Our third and current project aims to provide flood protection for Annex residents by upgrading the Annex Dike.

Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network Improvements

Further enhancements to the Annex Dike are also underway, funded through a $500,000 provincial Active Transportation grant that will provide paved trails, accessible and inclusive features. These enhancements will integrate the Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network, along the newly upgraded dike, with the grant-funded Fernie Valley Pathway Segment 1B.

Project Goals:

  • Provide accessible and inclusive features that benefit locals and visitors
  • Connect the Annex trail system to the Fernie Valley Pathway and provide improved inclusive accessibility and trail animation/interpretation

To advance these initiatives, the City is working on three separate but connected projects with a combined project value of $7.178 million:

  • Annex Dike Flood Protection Improvements – providing 1:500 flood protection for the Annex neighbourhood from the bridge to bridge.
  • Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network Improvements – improving mobility and active transportation along the Annex Dike.
  • Fernie Valley Pathway Segment1B – enhancing our active transportation network from West Fernie Bridge to Provincial Park Road.

These projects represent a significant investment in meeting the challenges of climate change and climate change mitigation by investing in both flood protection and active transportation, supporting reduced reliance on motorized transportation throughout the community.

Project Status and Next Steps

Improvements to the Annex Dike are still in the design phase, with 90% of the design complete and approved. This means structural designs of the Dike has been finalized by engineers, and we're now working to refine features, enhancements, and discretionary items not critical to the structure, such as wellness stations, a hand launch, landscaping etc. A complete version of the 90% design drawings can be viewed in the 'Reports' section of this project page.

Once designs are complete, the City of Fernie will issue a Request for Proposal that combines the final design and paving of the Annex Dike Flood Protection, Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network Improvements and Fernie Valley Pathway projects to provide an integrated, inclusive, active transportation corridor connecting the community along the Elk River and Highway 3.

Engaging the Community

The City has formed an Advisory Group to review public feedback, provide recommendations, and generate ideas for discretionary elements, such as wellness stations.

The group is made up of representatives from the Francophone school, the Seniors’ community, Fernie Academy, Fernie & District Historical Society, Elk River Alliance, Tourism Fernie, and Fernie City Administration.

Over the course of January and February 2022, the group has been exploring different ideas and making recommendations in the following areas:

  • Overall theme of wellness stations
  • Location of wellness stations
  • Physical expression of theme, the fun part, determining exactly what a wellness station can look like (Considering amenities such as exercise equipment, benches, storyboards, structures, etc.)

The Advisory Groups meets biweekly, exploring BIG IDEAS and delving into what their visions are for the Annex Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network Improvements project. Summaries of these meetings are available for anyone interested in following along.

The broader public will have access to a comment forum on the project webpage for providing their feedback on the Advisory Group’s progress. To provide additional public access, the March 3 Advisory Group meeting from 5pm - 7pm will be live streamed and recorded for the public to view. Following the Advisory Group's final meeting, City staff will present recommendations to Council in late March.

Click here to join the March 3rd meeting as a viewer.

Project Feedback

Want to provide your feedback on the wellness station concepts that are currently being worked on by the Advisory Group? Click on the guestbook below and offer your thoughts on the preliminary concept sketches.

Other questions or feedback about Annex Dike & Active Transportation Projects can be directed via email to: operations@fernie.ca

Feedback Opportunity: Concept Sketches

Following their first four meetings, the Advisory Group has proposed four distinct wellness stations. The wellness stations, once further refined, would be created in locations along the Annex Dike Neighbourhood Active Transportation Network. More information on the Advisory Group's journey to arrive at these concepts, as well as possible locations for the stations, is available under 'Advisory Group Journey' in the document section in the right-hand tab. Please take the opportunity to view the preliminary concept sketches below and provide any feedback you have on the the proposed stations. Recommendations based on the Advisory Group's work and related public feedback will be presented to Council for final approval in late March.

1) fitness trail/equipment (physical focus)

2) young meeting the old/conversation station (mental focus)

3) labyrinth/yoga zone (emotional focus) 

 4) outdoor classroom/parkour area (family focus).


In addition to the four stations, there will be elements that fall along the trail such as plantings, signage, and benches.

If you have any feedback regarding the preliminary concept sketches, please provide them in the comment box below. 

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Thank you for your feedback.

Also you don't have a picture on number two, is a duplicate of number three.. what does a conversation station even mean??

This is beyond ridiculous.

Laura Eadie 3 months ago

So the same sort of gym equipment that is outside the aquatic centre that is only used by kids as play equipment?

And all features that can only be used for part of the year...meanwhile you elimate a year round off leash area that actually got used.

Please consider the maintenance that is required to make this area actually usable (let alone accessible) in winter... Currently the trails are barely walkable for most of winter as the grooming is inconsistent and barely there.

So disappointed in the council's intended use on this area. And dismayed at the lack of transparency and communication around the removal of the off leash dog park, and lack of council funding given to the volunteer run dog park in lieu of having a council dog park.

Laura Eadie 3 months ago
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