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Seawall improvements under way in advance of summer season

January 27 2017

“Getting around by walking, cycling, or rolling (such as on a skateboard) is the best way to stay healthy,” says Lon LaClaire, Director of Transportation for the City of Vancouver.

Next week, we will begins construction to upgrade the seawall in South False Creek to enhance the safety and comfort of all users. The first section of seawall improvements will take place between Old Bridge Walk and Alder Bay Walk.

The seawall along South False Creek, from the Cambie to the Burrard Bridge, is the oldest section of our Seaside Greenway, dating back to 1975. 

“Getting around by walking, cycling, or rolling (such as on a skateboard) is the best way to stay healthy,” says Lon LaClaire, Director of Transportation for the City of Vancouver. “Building and maintaining public spaces like the seawall that are welcoming, safe, and comfortable is one thing that we can do as a city to make those options more attractive to our residents.”

Seawall closure

Starting next week the seawall will be fully closed just east of Granville Island from Old Bridge Walk to the Castings with a detour in place. The seawall will be fully reopened in early May for the summer season, when usage is highest. 

What will be upgraded

Upgrades through Sutcliffe Park will include:

  • Widening the pathway to separate walking and cycling.
  • Installing new pathway lighting, seating, and signage.
  • Improved landscaping to enhance the character of the area.

Improving the seawall

The seawall improvements are being made in alignment with the comprehensive neighbourhood planning program for South False Creek that will begin in 2017.

Council approved the seawall upgrades on May 4, 2016. 

Learn more about the project and see the designs