New park at 6th and Fir

6th and Fir Park

In keeping with the City’s Greenest City 2020 goals, the Vancouver Park Board has built a park at 6th and Fir.

This project created accessible green space for the benefit of residents and workers in Kitsilano near the Burrard Slopes and Granville Island.

Park opened

September 2014 – We finished construction and opened the park. We hope you enjoy all of the park's features:

  • The play area, open lawn, seating, tables, and drinking fountain
  • The perennial plants and trees, community orchard, and lanscaped drainage
  • The community garden outreach and storage container

What do you think about our plans for the park?

June 12, 2013 – At the June 11 open house, we presented the final design concept for the new park at 6th and Fir. The final concept has been informed by the community preferences as shared at the first two open houses.

Review the plans we presented at the open house (in the Documents tab) and then take a brief questionnaire to tell us what you think.

The questionnaire closed July 2, 2013.

Public open house #3

June 5, 2013 – The Vancouver Park Board is holding the third and final open house intended to obtain the community's approval of the final design concept for the new park at 6th and Fir Street. Find out what’s happening at this third open house and let us know what you think of the design. The final concept has been informed by the community preferences as shared at the first two open houses. Join us for this final open house at:

Event date and time:  Tuesday, June 11, 4pm-8pm
Event location: Studio 16, Maison de la Francophonie de Vancouver, 1555 West 7th Avenue

Information boards and a link to the online comment form will be available here beginning June 12.

Public open house #2

April 10, 2013 – At the second of three open houses, we invited the community's feedback on three draft concepts for the park. See the open house information boards in the Documents tab.

Public open house #1

February 13, 2013 – The Vancouver Park Board is beginning a identify community vision for a new park at 6th Avenue and Fir Street. The purpose of the first open house was to brainstorm and understand the community and its park needs. See the open house information boards in the Documents tab.

Information panels from June 11, 2013 open house

Design concept panels from April 10, 2013 open house

Proposed plans

Project type

  • New park

Project status

  • Complete

Completion

  • Late summer 2014

Key dates

Date Event
Winter 2011 Buildings demolished 
Late summer 2012 Environmental assessment and remediation
Fall 2012 Public engagement and park design begins   
Winter – summer 2013 Open houses identify the community's vision, critique the three draft concepts, and choose the final design
Fall 2014 – summer 2014 Park constructed 

Budget

  • $400,000

Aerial view of park area

Aerial view of the area for the proposed park at 6th and Fir in Vancouver

View of the area for the proposed park, looking west

The park site was purchased by the City in Vancouver in 2001. An environmental review of the site showed localized zinc contamination that exceeded parkland standards, causing the site to be considered an area of potential environmental concern.

The property was leased to False Creek Collision until 2011. Upon termination of this lease, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation took possession of the site to plan for making a park.

An additional environmental assessment was completed, finding zinc and an underground solvent storage tank in the site soils. This contamination was removed from the site's soils and replaced with clean soil to prepare for construction of the park.

Contact the project manager

Joe McLeod
Landscape Architect

Phone: 604-257-8474

joe.mcleod@vancouver.ca