06/05/2013 10:50 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT

Colliery Dam Park Injunction Sought As Nanaimo Protesters Ramp Up Rhetoric

NANAIMO, B.C. - Officials in Nanaimo, B.C., intend to seek an injunction to halt protesters vowing to interfere with removal of two aging dams in a popular park in that Vancouver Island city.

The city has filed court documents asking a judge to prevent anyone from impeding the removal of the dams in Colliery Dam.

The structures, officially known as the middle and lower Chase dams, were constructed more than 100 years ago as part of coal mining operations in Nanaimo's south end, but the pools have become beloved swimming holes, and the centrepiece of Colliery Dam Park.

Protesters warn they will use civil disobedience to stop the removal, fearing the city will not replace the dams if permits for reconstruction aren't ready before the original structures come down.

Details contained in Nanaimo's injunction application reveal a tender for the work will be issued within days and both dams will be removed in July.

The injunction application is expected to be heard in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo on June 10. (CKAY)

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