The 190-step Seabold stairs, damaged by a storm in 2018, have been rebuilt from Vancouver Island yellow cedar and are once again open to the public. (City of Nanaimo photo)

The 190-step Seabold stairs, damaged by a storm in 2018, have been rebuilt from Vancouver Island yellow cedar and are once again open to the public. (City of Nanaimo photo)

Seabold Park stairs in north Nanaimo open again

Stairs, damaged by storm in 2018, have been rebuilt and reopened to public

The stairs down to the beach at Seabold Rotary Park are open to the public again.

The 190-step staircase that allows users to ascend and descend a steep 40-metre slope between the beach and the park in north Nanaimo was damaged by a storm in 2018 and was closed for public safety reasons after the city assessed the damage. The original structure was built in the 1990s.

According to a city press release, construction on the new stairs began in September, using yellow cedar that was sourced and milled on the Island. For extra security and lifespan, the stairs are set on a foundation of screw piles that support the structure and anchor it to the slope.

“It is great to be able to have this popular amenity at Seabold Rotary Park back and available for Nanaimo’s citizens,” said Art Groot, city director of facility and parks operations, in the release. “It’s just another example of the many amazing parks and open spaces we have in this community.”

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