The Ladysmith Kinsmen are embarking on another major project. It’s been a couple of years since the club did their last “major” project, which was the new playground at Transfer Beach, and decided that they wanted to do something they feel the community needed.
The club’s track record on major projects is pretty impressive! Starting back in 1963 when the Kinsmen built the Public Health Centre on High Street (which is now the Boy’s and Girls’ Club) to the playground at Brown Drive Park to the wheel chair ramp at the Museum as well as co-ordinating the spray park at Transfer Beach and lots of stuff in between.
Downtown Ladysmith has been selected as the “Best Main Street In Canada” by the Institute of Urban Planners which we’ve all known for a long time… but there is lacking and that’s public washrooms. The Chamber of Commerce and some of the merchants have public washrooms, but that’s while those establishments are open only.
The Kinsmen have applied to the Town for permission to build a unisex public restroom facility at the alley end between High Street and Gatacre Street.
The facility would be a single concrete block building with hardiplank wrap so that it matches the surrounding buildings and fit in with the heritage flavor of downtown. The facility will have two bathrooms, a drinking fountain and change table for infants. It will be lit, heated, and proposed to be open 365 days a year.
The anticipated cost of the public facility is $84,000 and we are hoping to get a BC Gaming grant to cover up to a third of the cost. The balance will be done by local fundraising projects the club will be taking on.
The members hope to start the build by March 2018.
If anybody is interested in helping with fundraising or other aspects or making a donation they can contact Kinsmen Mike Richardson or Duck Paterson. If successful in their fundraising plans it is hoped to have the project completed by the summer.
The Knights bench will remain as well as the two ornamental Japanese cherry trees.