Creekside Park playground

Creekside Park playground renewal

The Vancouver Park Board has renewed and enlarged the well-used waterfront playground at Creekside Park. The new accessible playground opened August 2017.

Playground features

The playground, which has a blue and yellow rubberized surface, is one of the few in the city with a zipline. The playground also features a number of challenging, imaginative, and natural play opportunities such as:

  • Climbing tower
  • Giant tube slide and hill slide
  • Swings
  • Play hut
  • Musical instruments
  • Water and sand play areas

It also includes more than 30 shade trees, seating, lawn, and picnic areas.

Recent developments with this project

Park Board opens new playground

August 2017 – The largest playground in the city opens. The accessible playground features a number of challenging, imaginative, and natural play opportunities. The playground is one of the few in the city with a zipline. It also includes more than 30 shade trees, seating, lawn, and picnic areas.

Park Board awards construction contract, work begins September 2016

July 2016 – Holland Landscapers Inc. was awarded the construction contract for the playground renewal. Work on the new playground will begin September 2016. The existing playground to the north will remain open until early autumn 2016 and will be replaced with an enlarged lawn area.

Concept plan

February 2016 – Work on the concept plan and detailed drawings are underway in preparation for playground construction in spring 2017.

Location 'A' is recommended for the playground renewal

July 2, 2015 - Although the majority of those who responded to our questionnaire preferred 'location B' for the playground, we subsequently received information that has resulted in recommending 'location A'. In the future, 'location B' will likely be impacted by:

  • The future waterfront park proposed for the northwest
  • The shoreline and Expo-era deck below the park being replaced and/or partially removed to improve access to the water

Locating the playground on the south side will help maintain the open grass area and maximize the opportunities to integrate with the larger park in the future.

We are in the process of hiring a design consultant to further develop the plans. The revised plans will be made available for viewing online and in the community centre later this year.

Find out what we heard in the questionnaire

April 16, 2015 - We had almost 100 respondents complete our questionnaire. Through the feedback gathered, we heard that a majority of people prefer 'location B' as the site for the park renewal. We also learned what playground features are the most important for residents and will work to incorporate as many as possible in the renewed playground. The concept plan will be further developed then posted online as well as in the Creekside Community Centre later this summer.

Thank you for your feedback

December 16, 2014 – Thank you for your feedback on the proposed design concepts for renewing Creekside Park at our open house event or through the online questionnaire. We are now analyzing the feedback we received and will provide a summary of results in the new year.

Tell us what you think about the Creekside Park playground

December 3, 2014 – What do you like about the existing playground? What's the best location and essential features for the renewed playground? Tell us in our online questionnaire by Monday, December 15.

Community open house to review playground concept design and potential locations

November 6, 2014 – Join us at the December 3 open house to review and comment on concept designs for the renewed playground. You'll get to view and have your say about:

  • Two potential locations for the playground in Creekside Park
  • Preliminary design concepts
  • Playground equipment options
  • Potential pedestrian and bike path improvements through the park

Date: December 3, 2014, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way

Project details

Key dates

Date Event 
December 2014 Host an open house about concept designs and locations
Winter 2015 Hire a consultant to develop detailed plans and monitor playground construction in 2016 - 2017
Summer 2015 - 2016 Develop the playground concept based on open house feedback 
Summer 2016 Begin building the new playground and replace the existing playground with lawn in Fall 2016
July 2016 Board awards construction contract to Holland Landscapers Inc.
Late August 2017 Open the playground

Work leading up to this project

The southern Creekside Park playground was removed in 2011 for Science World to renovate and expand.

The northern playground received a new climbing net in 2013 as a short-term improvement. This playground will be renewed and relocated in the park.

Contact the project team

Debra Barnes
Landscape Architect