The proposed project will provide new opportunities for park users to experience nature within New Brighton Park. This will include a trail on the western edge of the marsh, two viewing decks, and improved access to the east beach.
The project will also move the dog off-leash area to the western portion of the park to continue to provide water and grass access for dogs, and to address conflicts between off-leash dogs and other park activities.
The illustration shows the area as it is and how it will look based on the accepted detailed design.
A project agreement between the Park Board and the port authority is anticipated to be developed in spring 2016. This will coincide with detailed design development, including a final round of public consultation planned for May 2016 and review by operations staff.
The port authority will lead the project's procurement process, tentatively planed for summer 2016. It is currently anticipated that construction could start in September 2016 following the end of the busy summer season, including pool use. Planting and project completion would occur in spring 2017.
This project supports the Park Board's Strategic Plan, Rewilding Action Plan, and the upcoming Biodiversity Strategy. It also implements the vision of the 2010 Hastings Park and PNE Master Plan and the 1997 New Brighton Park Master Plan.
Port Metro Vancouver manages a Habitat Enhancement Program that focuses on creating and enhancing habitat to benefit fish and wildlife throughout the region. The program is a proactive measure intended to provide a balance between a healthy environment and any future development that may be required by Port Metro Vancouver, its tenants or terminals.