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Comfort and safety improvements resume on South False Creek Seawall

September 6 2017

Sketch of proposed, improved seawall near Granville Island with equal space for pedestrians and cyclists, with a flowering tree boulevard between.

Construction has resumed along the South False Creek Seawall to improve conditions for people walking and cycling between Cambie Bridge and Burrard Bridge.

The first phase of work was completed in May 2017, and included upgrades along Island Park Walk from Anderson Street to Alder Bay Walk. The second phase of improvements include:

  • A wider seawall path in key areas
  • Separated walking and cycling paths
  • Upgrading path lighting
  • Additional park benches
  • New cherry trees
  • Other public realm improvements

Construction will begin in Charleson Park and along Creekside Drive near 1st Avenue. The existing street lights and 17 cherry trees along the east side of Creekside Drive will be removed to allow for the installation of a new water main, with replacement cherry trees to be planted later this year as per the City's Urban Forest Strategy and Greenest City Action Plan.

Full walking and cycling access along the seawall will be maintained until Thanksgiving weekend. As of October 10, 2017, sections will be closed with walking and cycling detours in place. The City encourages seawall users to remain alert; routes and parking restrictions may change daily as construction progresses.

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 a high volume of people walking and cycling, especially in the summer. The upgraded path design was approved by Council and Park Board in May 2016 and can be viewed at vancouver.ca/seawall. Work is scheduled to be completed in spring 2018.