08/08/2013 01:01 EDT | Updated 10/08/2013 05:12 EDT

Colliery Dam Destruction Halted, Pleasing Park Advocate

NANAIMO, B.C. - Residents in Nanaimo, B.C., have a summer reprieve after city council voted to delay plans to demolish the Colliery Dams.

The city has set aside $2.5 million for future work on the dams as the debate about what to do with the aging structures continues.

The council faced strong opposition from First Nations and park users after ordering the immediate removal of the century-old dams in the popular park in Nanaimo's south end.

Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan says he feels positive about the process they've been through and council will spend the winter looking at options for the best plan.

Jeff Soloman, of the Colliery Dam Park Preservation Society says he's pleased the original plans will be reviewed.

The society will also have a louder voice, after it was declared a stakeholder in the process, which means it will be a formal part of the ongoing discussions with the city and Snuneymuxw First Nation. (CKAY)

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