The new suspension bridge at Cascade Falls Regional Park is expected to officially open this spring.

Suspension bridge at Cascade Falls nearly finished

Most of the regional park near Mission has been reopened to the public

The new suspension bridge at Cascade Falls Regional Park is expected to officially open in the spring.

Final touches are being done on the project, said Jennifer Kinneman, manager of communications for the Fraser Valley Regional District, which looks after the park.

The park was closed at the parking lot to visitors last year to begin construction of the bridge and a viewing platform in from of the 30-metre waterfall. The project was originally scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2014, but delays such as weather and material availability have slowed progress.

“As you can imagine, building a suspension bridge is complex and requires a significant amount of engineering and safety precautions,” said Kinneman.

The park and the parking lot was reopened to the public in September.

The lower trail to the falls remains closed, but the upper trail leading to the suspension bridge can be accessed on foot.

The Cascade Falls suspension bridge is only the third one of its kind in the Lower Mainland. Its construction is being primarily funded by an independent power producer, Innergex. The company approached the FVRD board of directors in May 2012 with $255,000 to build the bridge and install an educational signboard on hydroelectricity.

The regional district has contributed $147,000 to upgrade the parking lot, toilet facilities, signage, and the trail leading up to the bridge.

Cascade Falls is located about 30 minutes east of Mission.

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