The Arbutus Corridor is 42 acres of open space running approximately nine kilometres from Milton Street to 1st Avenue.
In March 2016, we purchased the corridor from Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) for $55 million. Our agreement with CP ensures that residents can continue to use the transportation corridor and greenway as a walking and cycling route. Learn more about the purchase agreement.
When complete, the Arbutus Greenway will let you walk or cycle continuously from Marpole in South Vancouver to False Creek. The greenway will be a great benefit to the people of Vancouver and a major attraction for tourists.
The first important step toward building a new green transportation corridor for the future is underway with removing train rails and ties.
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (CP) is responsible for all rail removal along the corridor, except for street crossings, as part of our land purchase agreement announced in March 2016. We are responsible for removing the rails at street crossings.
CP has started to remove rail at the north end of the corridor during the week of June 6, 2016, and has estimated to proceed at a rate of about one kilometer per week.
Rail removal will be completed using heavy equipment during permitted construction hours. Temporary fencing and construction signage will mark construction areas. It is expected that rail will be removed by the end of 2016. Removing rails and ties must be completed before we can begin building the greenway.
Use of the informal recreational pathways along the corridor will be restricted during construction, but available again for use once CP has removed the rails. Obey all construction signs and traffic flaggers at street crossings.
The Park Board took steps in March 2015 to save trees before the planned CP Rail reclamation of the old rail bed along the Arbutus Corridor began.
Park Board crews relocated trees in good condition to existing parks and new homes. The majority of the larger trees where transplanted to the McCleery Golf Course greenway.
There are approximately 300 permitted garden plots on City-owned land that are part of our Community Garden Program near the existing rail line. In the short term, there will be no changes impacting community gardens.
Permitted gardens must be maintained within their existing footprint and must not encroach onto neighbouring land. For your safety, continue to respect the land boundaries that were confirmed with CP in 2014.
Background and history of the Arbutus Corridor; including details of the agreement between CP and the City.
Our project office is expected to be fully staffed and operational by the end of summer 2016.
During the summer, we intend to hold informal information sessions along the Arbutus Corridor, with more formal public consultation on the plans for the new greenway to begin in the fall.
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