Vancouver park board approves final design for urban park

The green space is intended to be a recreation area for a busy part of downtown.

May 31, 2016 |
Vancouver park board approves final design for urban park

Rendering courtesy Vancouver Park Board.

The final designs for a new urban park in downtown Vancouver were approved the city’s park board.

Georgia Straight reports that the green space will include a multi-use public plaza, a water fountain, a playground, seating terraces, a rainwater infiltration channel, and plants and trees. 

The park’s centerpiece will be a zig-zagged bright red elevated viewing bridge that cuts through its core. Large utility H-frames, known as “Skyframes,” will surround the pathway. The frames can hold artwork, lighting, and banners.

A park board report notes that the 0.8 acre site sits within Vancouver’s central business district, just a five minute walk away from the Downtown Library, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and BC Place stadium, along with the Yaletown neighborhood and Granville Street, which contains restaurants, pubs, and retail shops. 

The city says that park will “serve as a place for community recreation, culture, and tranquility” for the 10,000 people that live and 17,000 people that work in the area.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017, and the park will open in the fall of 2018. Dialog, a landscape architecture firm, leads the planning and design.

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