Arbutus Greenway’s design vision endorsed by Council

July 11 2018 Significant expansion to City’s green transportation and public space network

“The Arbutus Greenway represents a rare opportunity to transform a historic rail corridor into eight distinct character zones that reflect our neighbourhoods and to boost Vancouver’s greenway-seawall network with 9 new kilometers,” said Mayor Robertson.

Arbutus Greenway Design Vision sketch of

Vancouver City Council has endorsed the Arbutus Greenway design vision and implementation strategy – a high-level design concept that will guide the transformation of one of Vancouver’s most compelling public spaces.

“The design vision for the Arbutus Greenway is the result of an innovative and multi-phased public engagement process that sought feedback from residents of all age groups and from all corners of the city” says Jerry Dobrovolny, general manager of Engineering Services. “The greenway is a remarkable public space that presents both opportunities and challenges, and we hope that the design vision balances all of these aspirations in an ambitious yet thoughtful manner.”

The public engagement for the future Arbutus Greenway began in 2016, and since then the City has engaged over 7,000 participants at over 50 events through five rounds of engagement and outreach. In addition, the City will continue to work collaboratively with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh to ensure the design honours and reflects the history of the corridor. The result of these collaborative efforts is a design vision for the future greenway that mixes together vibrant public spaces, urban agriculture, a future north-south streetcar route, and green transportation, while significantly improving public amenities and green space along the corridor.

“The Arbutus Greenway represents a rare opportunity to transform a historic rail corridor into eight distinct character zones that reflect our neighbourhoods and to boost Vancouver’s greenway-seawall network with 9 new kilometers,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The greenway is becoming a defining feature of Vancouver’s urban landscape where people can walk, cycle or relax in a new and vibrant public space.”

Top priority areas to build

The implementation strategy identifies the north extension to False Creek and south extension to the Fraser River, as well as “The Ridge” (West 16th Avenue to West King Edward Avenue) and “The Lookout” (Southwest Marine Drive to Milton Street), as the top priority areas to be constructed on the greenway. The timelines are subject to available funding, and prior to construction the City will work closely with residents to develop detailed designs for each character zone.

Visit the Arbutus Greenway webpage for the Design Vision, Implementation Strategy, and more

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