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Tourists and residents take advantage of warm weather with a trip around the Stanley Park seawall in Vancouver. (Chuck Stoody/ The Canadian Press/Chuck Stoody/ The Canadian Press)
Tourists and residents take advantage of warm weather with a trip around the Stanley Park seawall in Vancouver. (Chuck Stoody/ The Canadian Press/Chuck Stoody/ The Canadian Press)

Under the hammer

Stanley Park seawall for sale on Craigslist Add to ...

You can bike it, run it, rollerblade it and now you can buy Vancouver's seawall.

An enormous section of the seawall has been listed for sale on Craiglist by the construction company tasked with repairing the iconic walkway.

An estimated 890 cubic metres of rock - in two pieces - is up for grabs according to the ad. One section is from Stanley Park, close to Second Beach, the other is from a part of the Seawall along English Bay, near the Inukshuk.

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All interested collectors have to do is make an offer and show up with a truck.

The catch is the buyer has to take the entire mass of rock.

"All or nothing. We are not selling it piece by piece. We don't have time for that," said Shaun Bromley of Graham Infrastructure Ltd.

The company was just going to throw out the old seawall, so last week they came up with the idea to sell it instead, Mr. Bromley said.

Mr. Bromley has had a few inquiries, but he said he doesn't have any idea how much cash the granite blocks will fetch on the market.

Parks Board chairman Aaron Jasper said the removal of materials is part of the repair contract.

"In this instance the contractor felt there were salvageable materials that could be sold and the benefit of that is those savings are savings to the taxpayer because it will offset the final bills the we pay," Mr. Jasper said.

The seawall's signature granite capstones will not be on the auction block, he said. Those stones will adorn the top of the replacement wall.

The parks board regularly recovers and reuses its own materials when it's worth it, Mr. Jasper said.

The renovations are expected to begin on July 19. The cost for replacing the decaying sections of seawall is $3.5-million, according to city documents.

 

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