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City releases Arbutus Greenway emerging design ideas

February 2 2018 Innovative engagement process results in bold ideas for the future greenway

“The Design Jam was a unique opportunity for our design team to collaborate with a diverse group of residents, and over the course of a weekend, immerse ourselves in a community-led conversation around imagining possibilities for the future greenway.”

Arbutus Greenway Design Jam participants

Over three days last fall, 110 residents from all corners of the city collaborated on draft designs for the future Arbutus Greenway at the Arbutus Greenway Design Jam.

In addition to this innovative engagement process, the City also hosted five open houses and sought feedback from over 900 residents on the future design of one of Vancouver’s most compelling spaces.  

“The Design Jam was a unique opportunity for our design team to collaborate with a diverse group of residents, and over the course of a weekend, immerse ourselves in a community-led conversation around imagining possibilities for the future greenway,” says Maggie Buttle, Senior Project Manager for the Arbutus Greenway Project.

What we heard

Many of the emerging design ideas were related to creating vibrant public spaces and improving the experience of walking and cycling along the greenway. For example, we heard that people want the City to: 

  • Provide access to and from greenway: “Create nodes where bike routes/bus routes/commercial areas intersect with bike locking service, seating, maps, and shelter”
  • Provide places to play: “Moveable/manipulative elements, e.g. life-size chess, checkers, building blocks”
  • Provide places to eat, drink, and shop: “Space for food trucks in summer and seating areas to dine al fresco”
  • Support biodiversity: “Scented plantings, butterfly bush, different tress for different birds, bird nesting boxes”
  • Incorporate green infrastructure: “Provide features that capture rainwater or disseminate rainwater”.

The emerging design ideas are informing the preferred design, which the City will share with the public in spring 2018.

Learn more and view the entire consultation summary report

View the Design Jam content, including a video summary, illustrations, and photos