Hillcrest and Riley Park playground

Hillcrest and Riley Park improvements

The Vancouver Park Board is improving Hillcrest and Riley parks.

Changes at both these sites have created an exciting possibility for various new park program elements, as well as upgrades and greening to other parts of both parks.

Construction began in November 2015 and is expected to be finished by September 2016.

Recent developments with this project

Construction update

May 2016 - Construction is ahead of schedule.

Project expanded with new features

August 2015 – Good news! New features will be included in Hillcrest and Riley Park renovations. These include:

  1. A Challenger Baseball diamond at Hillcrest Park , funded through a partnership with Variety - The Children’s Charity, the Jays Care Foundation, and the Vancouver Canadians
  2. A synthetic turf surface (a FIFA legacy) for the youth soccer field at Hillcrest Park

While the expanded project scope has caused some delays, it will be well worth the wait! Construction documents are now complete and will be tendered to pre-qualified contractors in August, with the contract to be awarded by the Park Board and City Council in fall 2015. Construction will begin in November 2015 and is expected to be completed by September 2016.

Questionnaire about the updated draft Master Plan now closed

November 25, 2013 – Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on the updated draft Master Plan for the Hillcrest and Riley Parks. Stay tuned for further information and next steps in the process.

Tell us what you think of the updated draft Master Plan

November 8, 2013 – If you were unable to attend the open house on November 7, or prefer to provide input in the comfort of your own home, this is your chance. Share your views on the new updated draft Master Plan for the combined Hillcrest and Riley Parks.

View the information from the open house in the documents tab. The questionnaire is available online until Midnight, November 24.

Public open house: November 7, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

October 23, 2013 – Attend the third open house at Hillcrest Centre to get updates about the Master Plan for the combined Hillcrest and Riley Parks. View posters on the overall Master Plan that will guide future developments in the park, including improvements to vehicular and pedestrian circulation, parking, and landscaping.

There will be additional plans detailing construction during 2014 at the former Vancouver Curling Club, Percy Norman Pool, and Riley Community Centre and Rink sites.

We greatly appreciate your input on this important plan.

Date and time: November 7, 2013, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Hillcrest Centre, Games Room (upstairs), 4575 Clancy Loranger Way

What do you think of the updated Master Plan and concepts for the Hillcrest and Riley Parks?

June 26, 2013 – If you weren't able to attend the open house on June 25, or would prefer to provide input in the comfort of your own home, this is your chance. Share your views on the updated draft Master Plan and concepts for the parks in our online questionnaire. Your input will help us draft a preferred Master Plan.

  • The questionnaire closed on July 17, 2013. Thank you for your interest.

Public open house: June 25, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

June 13, 2013 – A second open house is scheduled at Hillcrest Centre to present updates and concepts for the Master Plan for the combined Hillcrest and Riley Parks. Posters will show concepts for the parks that includes information on parking, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, and options for the design of the former Vancouver Curling Club site at Hillcrest Park and the former Riley Community Centre/ Percy Norman Pool site at Riley Park.

Public open house

December 4, 2012 – The public was invited to an open house to learn more, and to contribute to an "ideas board" for an updated master plan and for park improvement priorities. An online survey was launched (closed January 1, 2013).

Meetings with stakeholders

Fall 2012 – Meetings with stakeholder groups took place throughout the fall.

Construction work

2012 – The Riley Community Centre and Ice Rink, and the Percy Norman Pool were demolished.

Project type

Master plan and park improvements at both Hillcrest and Riley parks


Approximately $2.7 million

Key dates

Date Event
December 4, 2012 Open house for master plan and park improvement ideas
November 7, 2013 Open house to review master plan
May 26, 2014 Park Board approves Master Plan for Hillcrest and Riley parks
Fall 2014 Consultants hired to develop plans and monitor construction in 2015-2016
August 2015 Project tendered to pre-qualified contractors
January 2016 Construction begins
September 2016 Construction complete

Aerial image

Hillcrest and Riley parks boundary area

Since 2005

Significant changes have occurred in Hillcrest and Riley Parks over the last few years. Completion of the Hillcrest Centre as a 2010 Winter Games venue resulted in the demolition of the Vancouver Curling Club in Hillcrest Park and the Riley Park Community Centre / Ice Rink and Percy Norman Pool in Riley Park. The programming at these sites has been incorporated in the new Hillcrest Centre programming.


In 2005, prior to the development of Hillcrest Centre, the Board approved the Riley / Hillcrest / Nat Bailey Stadium Parks Master Plan, which incorporated modified parking and access arrangements for the purpose of initiating the rezoning process.  The current project funding is allocated to updating the master plan for the two parks, as well as for park improvements.


Justin Dykstra, Project Manager
604 257-8403