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Rendering of future NEFC park design

Park design in Northeast False Creek

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The Vancouver Park Board, City of Vancouver, and landowner Concord Pacific are working together to create the Northeast False Creek Park, a space that is authentically Vancouver and that reflects our city’s rich heritage.

It’s a big plan that will revitalize Andy Livingstone Park, expand Creekside Park, improve  habitat for urban wildlife in False Creek, and create places to play, picnic, splash and connect with others.

What we heard in Stage 2

Great parks are made by the people who use them. More than 5,000 people responded to our draft park concept design in summer 2017.

We received great feedback, summarized below, from diverse communities and extended our listening phase to explore in more depth how to bring these ideas to life. For more detail, read our Stage 2 engagement summary report PDF file (4 MB).

 

What we heard about the draft park design for Northeast False Creek

By City of Vancouver

Over 3,500 people attended the Northeast False Creek Area Plan Block Party open house in June 2017. Another 1,400 people shared their thoughts through the online survey, in addition to the stakeholders’ workshops in spring 2017.

  • Support for the draft park design

    By City of Vancouver

    Overall, the draft design was well received with 65% of survey respondents expressing support.

  • Support for separating cyclists and pedestrians

    By City of Vancouver

    The public and stakeholders stressed the importance of well-defined, parallel pathways and bikeways to ensure clarity and safety for all.

  • Bigger waterfront park

    By City of Vancouver

    Several survey respondents and stakeholders expressed concern that the New Creekside Park waterfront appears to be smaller than in the 1990 Official Development Plan. In fact, the new Creekside Park size is larger (11 acres compared to 9 acres originally), and the length of the waterfront is identical, based on the Refined Area Plan (November 2017) and Draft Park Concept Design (June 2017).

  • Importance of flexible green spaces

    By City of Vancouver

    Many survey respondents and stakeholders emphasized the value of flexible and natural spaces in the park for unstructured activities (such as picnics or spending time with family and friends).

  • Be more creative

    By City of Vancouver

    The feedback we received encouraged the park design to be bolder, more unique, and authentically rooted in Vancouver.

  • Support for public water access

    By City of Vancouver

    There was widespread support for improving water access and water quality in Northeast False Creek. Several comments flagged potential conflicts with motorized boating while others favoured prohibiting motorized boats in False Creek.

  • Concern for maintenance, stewardship, and safety

    By City of Vancouver

    Many respondents expressed the need for a safe and inclusive park for all. Stakeholders encouraged the team to explore innovative operating models to ensure the park can sustain the anticipated high intensity of daily use by local communities and visitors.

  • Meaningful recognition of local First Nations

    By City of Vancouver

    Many stakeholders and survey respondents asked how First Nations and Urban Indigenous cultures will be integrated in the park design, and stressed the importance of respectful engagement with the Nations.

  • Meaningful recognition of rich cultural heritage of the area

    By City of Vancouver

    Another important theme was the acknowledgement of the diverse cultural context of Northeast False Creek, and the need to strengthen the connections between Chinatown, the park, and the waterfront.

  • Support for natural habitat and biodiversity

    By City of Vancouver

    Many survey respondents and stakeholders emphasized the importance of a bio-diverse park and more habitat for wildlife.

  • Special Events

    By City of Vancouver

    Many stakeholders hope the future park will have accessible and flexible spaces that can host large events and community gatherings. On the other hand, many others are concerned about the overuse of the park for events, which could potentially limit public access to the park.

What's happening?

We’re working closely with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and urban Indigenous Peoples to meaningfully reflect their traditions and living culture in the park design.

We’re also working to strengthen the park’s connection to historical Chinatown through ongoing conversations with community stakeholders, local park users, and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Fall 2016 and winter 2017

    Stage 1: Analysis and Early Directions

  • Winter and spring 2017

    Stage 2: Draft concept plan

  • Summer 2017 to winter 2018

    Stage 3: Extended consultation

  • We are here
  • Early 2018

    Stage 4: Refined concept plan and Park Board decision

Guiding principles

Community

Destination

Nature