The Downtown South Public Benefits Strategy (900 KB) set a target to acquire and develop the 0.8-acre site at Smithe and Richards as park land.
The City of Vancouver purchased the site at the request of the Park Board in 1997.
There’s currently one building on the site that will be demolished in summer 2015. The site will be leased to EasyPark and operated as a parking lot until park construction starts in 2016.
The park's development will be funded through Community Amenity Contributions (CACs).
We're developing the park in three phases:
|Phases and dates||What to expect|
Mar – Jun 2015
|We’ll seek to understand and analyze the open-space needs of the surrounding neighbourhoods.
As well, we'll host an open house for you to share ideas that will inspire the project consultant and artist.
Jun 2015 – Jan 2016
|We’ll design three concepts for the park and seek your feedback on them at a second open house.|
Feb 2016 – Fall 2017
|We’ll distill your input to determine the preferred concept for the park and present it to you at the final open house.
Then, we’ll complete the technical details and build the park.
Throughout the entire process, we’ll work with a park design focus group and community stakeholder representatives.