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New Brighton Park Shoreline Restoration

New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project

The Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority are working together to create salt marsh on the east side of New Brighton Park. The project is a unique opportunity to restore coastal wetland habitat on the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

A restored salt marsh would:

  • Provide productive habitat for juvenile fish and wildlife, including shorebirds, songbirds, and waterfowl
  • Create new opportunities for you to experience nature and view wildlife

On April 18, 2016, the Vancouver Park Board approved the concept plan for the salt marsh based on a design and public engagement process.

What's new

Construction has started!

Construction in New Brighton Park began on September 12, 2016. The construction schedule and its key components are:

  • Fall 2016 - Winter 2017: Earthworks and park feature construction
    • In order to minimize disruption to park users, construction will begin following the closure of New Brighton Park Pool for the summer.
  • Spring 2017: Planting
    • The park will remain open and accessible to the public during construction. Please follow the signs in the park and be aware of construction fencing and activity.

New Dog Off-Leash areas in the Park

The park will have two separate off-leash areas beginning in September 2016:

  1. The large grassed area within the circular pathway on the western side of the park.
    • This area will be fenced and will contain two double gated entrances, benches, and an amenity station. In the short-term, please consider the pathway to be the boundary of the off-leash area.
  2. The east beach adjacent to the pier
    • This off-leash area only includes the beach and not the adjacent grassed area or the more eastern beach. Temporary closure of the beach will only occur when the pathway improvements are being constructed.

The Park Board will monitor the new off-leash areas to see if further changes are required to improve use by visitors with dogs, or to avoid conflicts with other park uses or values. Please be patient as this project develops!

For general information on the city-wide off-leash dog strategy, visit the project page


View our concept to restore the shoreline, read background documents, and discover related initiatives.

New Brighton Park Shoreline Restoration - Past updates

Find out what's happened so far on this project.

Contact the project team

Phone: 604-665-9071

In-depthNew Brighton Park Shoreline Restoration - Past updates