People walking and cycling on the seawall

South False Creek Seawall

The City and Vancouver Park Board are continuing a process to improve conditions for people walking and cycling along the South False Creek Seawall between Cambie Bridge and Burrard Bridge. 

The South False Creek Seawall is the oldest section of Vancouver's Seaside Greenway, dating back to 1975.

It has a unique character and carries high volumes of people walking and cycling, especially in the summer months. 

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What's happening?

The South False Creek Seawall has reopened for the summer!

Public realm improvements along Island Park Walk from Anderson Street to Alder Bay Walk are now complete.

The next phase of construction will begin in September 2017.

Before and after 

Slide the arrows on the eastbound and westbound images to compare South False Creek Seawall before we began work, and see the proposed design.

Eastbound view

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Westbound view

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Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Summer 2013

    Consultation with public about ideas, issues, and desires

  • Fall 2014

    Study released evaluating the physical conditions and areas for improvement

  • Fall 2015 to
    winter 2016

    Open houses and stakeholder meetings to show proposed seawall design options

  • Spring 2016

    Designs refined based on public feedback, and approved by Council and Park Board

  • January 2016

    Construction begins

  • May 2017

    Partially upgraded seawall opens to allow full summer use

  • We are here
  • September 2017

    Construction resumes

  • Spring 2018

    Expected completion

Recent developments

Seawall re-opens

May 19, 2017 - The South False Creek Seawall has reopened for the summer! Public realm improvements along Island Park Walk from Anderson Street to Alder Bay Walk are now complete. The wider 6-metre path provides separate lanes for walking and cycling along with new lighting, benches, landscaping, and a public water fountain. 

To enable full public use of the seawall during the summer months, there will be no further construction until September. The eastern end of the construction closure from the wooden wharf to the Castings has been paved with a temporary treatment.

Once construction resumes in the fall, we will plant new cherry trees and rebuild separated walking and cycling paths with paving and asphalt.

Spring construction: Sutcliffe Park

April 13, 2017 - We will be installing new street lighting from April 16 - 21. To accomodate these improvements, the seawall closure will be temporarily extended west to Anderson Street. After April 21, the closure will be restored to previous conditions. In the meantime, seawall users are encouraged to watch signage for temporary changes to the construction detour and parking restrictions.

January 20, 2017 – Upgrades from Granville Island to The Castings are underway. Work includes widening the pathway, painting to separate walking and cycling, new pathway lighting, signage, and benches.

Some landscaping will be moved to allow for pathway expansion. Cherry trees in poor health will be removed this spring and new cherry trees will be planted in the fall.

  • When: Work will take place from 7:00am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday, with occasional work on evenings and weekends if required.
  • Access to residences and businesses: Access will be maintained at all times. Local roads will be used by construction vehicles.
  • Closure: This section of the seawall will be closed during construction and alternate routes will be provided for pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should remain alert as routes may change from day-to-day.
  • View details on pages 15-16 of the staff presentation  (8 MB)
  • View the South False Creek construction detours PDF file (2 MB)
  • View notification letter on closure of Charleston to non-transit vehicles PDF file (9 MB)

Council and Parks Board approve South False Creek Seawall improvements

May 4, 2016 – Vancouver City Council approved the final design recommendations for improvements to the South False Creek Seawall (Seaside Greenway) between Burrard Bridge and Cambie Bridge. The recommendations will improve safety and comfort for people walking and cycling along the seawall. The project includes widening the seawall pathway, separation between walking and cycling, an accesible public washroom, and public realm improvements.

May 2, 2016 – Vancouver Parks Board approved the final design recommendations for improvements.

Staff to recommend final designs at May 4 Council meeting

April 28, 2016 – The manager of transportation planning will present the final design recommendations for South False Creek Seawall improvements to Council at the 9:30am Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on May 4, 2016.

January 30 and February 2 open houses: Share your feedback on the recommended designs

February 20, 2016 – Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts in our online questionnaire. We're now analyzing your feedback.

January 21, 2016 – We talked with hundreds of residents in October 2015 about key issues and preliminary options. We would now like your input on the recommended designs.

Drop by an open house to discuss the designs with our project team, ask questions, and give your feedback. Come by any time during the event.

If you can't attend, you can give your feedback in our online questionnaire, closing February 19.

View the open house materials:

Share your thoughts in our online questionnaire

October 7, 2015 – Couldn't make it to our open houses? Share your thoughts on our proposed solutions in our online questionnaire. The questionnaire is now closed.

October 4 and 6 open houses: Share your feedback on the proposed solutions

September 24, 2015 – We're seeking your input on the key issues and proposed solutions for each segment of the South False Creek Seawall. Join us at an open house to discuss the project, ask questions, and give your feedback. Get the details:

View all the open house materials below:

Check back next week to share your thoughts in our online questionnaire.

Study results published as team includes sea level rise impacts into seawall improvements

October 1, 2014 – Over the last year we collected public feedback and completed a study evaluating the physical conditions of the seawall and identified areas for potential improvement.

We are working closely with the City’s Sustainability Group, which is currently conducting a coastal flood assessment to better understand the potential flood hazard and consequences now and in the future with sea level rise and storm surge. The assessment started in summer 2013 and will finish in mid-2015. The assessment results will impact how we recommend solving the existing conditions on the South False Creek Seawall.

Study timeline extended

January 13, 2014 – Thank you for your participation and continued interest in the South False Creek seawall study. For the last 5 months, we have been collecting feedback from the general public, and reviewing the survey information we received from users last summer.

As we move forward in 2014, we need additional time to:

  • Evaluate the user survey and pedestrian and cyclist information
  • Review the existing conditions
  • Identify potential issues

We will update this webpage when the above information is available for your feedback. The study timeline and process will be revised to allow us time to gather your feedback, and identify the appropriate time to discuss potential solutions.

Drop by and tell us what you think

August 13 to 17, 2013 – We want to know how you currently use the seawall, what issues you experience, and how we can improve active transportation in the short and long term. City staff will be available at locations along the seawall to collect your feedback.

Timeline of the study

Summer 2013

City staff will be on location in August to get direct feedback from active transportation and recreational users of the seawall and answer questions. Staff will be collecting information on how people currently use the seawall (e.g. walking and cycling volumes, and demographics), existing conditions, and conflicts at key locations.

Fall 2013

We will analyze all of the public feedback and additional seawall information collected in the summer. From this analysis, we will develop potential active transportation improvements that will incorporate benefits, impacts, and cost using the following:

  • Existing policy context
  • Project goals
  • Data analysis
  • Transportation and engineering considerations

2014 

We are continuing to analyze the user survey, and pedestrian and cycling information. We will review the existing conditions and identify potential issues. Meanwhile, we will gather more feedback and identify an appropriate time to discuss potential solutions.

Work leading up to the study

Walking and cycling have been a transportation priority in Vancouver for over 15 years, demonstrated through these in-depth plans:

2012 - Transportation 2040 Plan

Aims to make walking and cycling safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. Some of the goals of the 2040 Transportation Plan include:

  • Moving toward 2/3 of all trips made by walking, cycling, and transit by 2040
  • Moving toward zero traffic-related fatalities
  • Improving the seawall

2011 - Greenest City 2020 Action Plan

This plan sets out a broad long-term vision as well as 20 specific goals to achieve by 2020, and makes walking, cycling, and transit the preferred modes of transportation.

1999 - Launch of the Bicycle Plan

1997 - Introduction of the City of Vancouver Transportation Plan

1995 - Launch of the Vancouver Greenways Plan

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Contact the project team

Community Liaison
Do Nguyen
Phone: 604-673-8458
Email: seawall@vancouver.ca