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The Vancouver Park Board is exploring an exciting opportunity to develop a new park downtown.
The 0.8-acre park will be located at the intersection of Smithe and Richards streets. It will serve as a place for community recreation, culture, and tranquility in the bustling neighbourhood.
In March 2015, we hired multidisciplinary landscape architecture firm Dialog to lead the planning and design of this new open space. Dialog will collaborate with Gareth Moore, an artist commissioned by City of Vancouver Cultural Services to design an integrated art piece for the new park.
Planning will take place between summer 2015 to early 2016, with construction expected in summer 2016 and completion in 2017.
A growing neighbourhood
Within a five-minute walk of the park site there are more than 10,000 residents and 17,000 people working.
There is a shortage of downtown park space to serve a growing population.
The addition of a new park will relieve crowding at other Downtown parks.
What’s coming up
October 22nd Open House:
The Vancouver Park Board is holding a second open house on Thursday October 22nd, to discuss design options for an exciting new downtown park. Input from the first open house, which took place on June 27th, has been used to inform three design options that will be presented at this upcoming open house.
Based on the preferences expressed at this second open house, a preferred design concept will be prepared and shared with the community at a third event in early 2016.
When: Thursday, October 22, 4:30pm - 8:30pm (drop-in anytime)
Location: ArtStarts Gallery (main floor), 808 Richards Street
Open house materials and a questionnaire will be available at the open house and online here after the event.
For further information, please contact: SmitheRichards@vancouver.ca