Capital plan proposed investments

The capital plan for 2015-2018 ($1.085 billion) has been organized into nine program spending areas. Browse through each category to find out more about how the funding is distributed.

Overview

  1. Affordable housing: $125 million
  2. Childcare: $30 million
  3. Parks, open spaces, and recreation: $155 million
  4. Community facilities: $55 million
  5. Civic facilities: $35 million
  6. Transportation: $150 million
  7. Utilities: $325 million
  8. Equipment and technology: $115 million
  9. Emerging priorities: $95 million

3. Parks, open spaces, and recreation (Proposed investment: $155 million)

Guiding principles

  • Maintain and renew existing parks and recreation infrastructure to meet today’s needs
  • Accommodate community needs as Vancouver grows

Guiding initiatives

Current status of capital assets

Area What we have What we renewed
between 2005-2014
What we added
between 2005-2014
% in poor condition
Parks and open spaces
  • 1,360 hectares of parks and open spaces
  • 440,000 trees
  • 32 kilometres of seawall
  • 300 sport fields
  • 240 sport courts
  • 130 playgrounds
  • 30 dog off-leash areas
  • 6 golf courses
  • 1 cemetery
  • 153 buildings
  • 320 art installations
  • Stanley Park forest (after 2006 windstorm) 
  • Portions of Stanley Park and English Bay seawall
  • Queen Elizabeth Park plaza 
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden visitor centre
  • Mountain View Cemetery buildings
  • 10-15 sport fields
  • 65-70 sport courts
  • 25-30 playgrounds
  • 50 art installations
  • 10 new hectares of park
  • 12 new community gardens
  • 8 new synthetic turf sport fields
  • 3 new basketball courts
  • 2 new skateboard parks
  • 60 new art installations
25%
Recreation facilities

55 recreation facilities comprised of community centres, swimming pools, ice rinks, and recreation clubs

  • 4 community centres (Hillcrest, Mount Pleasant, Sunset, and Trout Lake)
  • 3 swimming pools (Hillcrest, Killarney, and Renfrew)
  • 3 ice rinks (Hillcrest, Killarney, and Trout Lake)
  • 1 recreation club (curling)
  • 1 new community centre (Creekside Community Centre)
  • 1 new recreation club (gymnastics and indoor lawn bowling at Hillcrest Park)
20%
Entertainment and exhibition facilities
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) buildings
  • Playland amusement park
  • Nat Bailey Stadium
  • Pacific Coliseum was upgraded
  • The first phase of the PNE Livestock Building was renewed
  • Nat Bailey Stadium was renovated and upgraded
40%

 

What we propose investing for 2015-2018

Area City of today (renewal): $83 million City of tomorrow (new): $72 million
Parks and open spaces

$18 million for the ongoing renewal of park and open space features (e.g. playgrounds, sport fields, fieldhouses, sport courts, seawall, public art, and park infrastructure)

Ongoing facility maintenance and renovations: $6 million

  • Create new parks:
    • At Smithe and Richards streets in Downtown South 
    • Along the Fraser River in Marpole (park and trail )
    • In the East Fraser Lands
  • Plant 40,000 to 50,000 trees
  • Add and expand approximately 10 community gardens in the city
  • Add and enhance natural features in parks and open spaces (e.g. Beaver Creek in Stanley Park)
  • Add new sport facilities (e.g. track and field, synthetic turf playfield, and running tracks)
  • Install 10-20 new public art pieces in parks and open spaces
Recreation facilities

$25 million for the first phase of renewing of Britannia Community Centre

Renewal of Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre (public consultation on location and co-location opportunities with other community facilities — funding from emerging priorities pending decisions on final scope and location)

Ongoing facility maintenance and renovations: $20 million

Entertainment and exhibition facilities

$10 million for the next phase of renewal at Hastings Park/PNE

Ongoing facility maintenance and renovations: $4 million

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