Tatlow and Volunteer Park stream restoration

Tatlow and Volunteer Park stream restoration

The Vancouver Park Board is restoring the historical stream in Volunteer and Tatlow parks. 

This project is a unique opportunity to recreate a former stream and restore the English Bay shoreline. 

By connecting the existing stream in Tatlow Park to English Bay, this project will:

  • Create an ecologically diverse stream corridor in Tatlow and Volunteer parks
  • Improve access to the shoreline through new paths
  • Restore and enhance riparian and shoreline habitat for birds and other wildlife
  • Improve rainwater management

This project is consistent with the Park Board's Biodiversity Strategy and is identified as a potential new water focus project in the City's Integrated Rainwater Management Plan.

What's happening

Tatlow and Volunteer Parks are on the traditional and territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Coast Salish peoples.

The Park Board and Musqueam are working together on incorporating traditional knowledge and ecological restoration practices into plans for the creek. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from the teachings of the original stewards of these lands and waters.

Final open house

In 2017, we gathered feedback on initial concepts for the landscape plan and explored technical details of the project.

Thank you to everyone that came to our open house on January 27 to learn about:

  • The refined concept plan
  • Where water for the stream will come from
  • Challenges and goals related to stream restoration
  • Next steps for the project

View the open house information display  (12.1 MB)


Here are our planned steps to restore the historical stream.

  • Winter/spring 2017

    Concept design development

  • March 2017

    Public open house

  • Fall 2017

    Educational open house

  • Winter 2018

    Proposed concept presented at final open house

  • 2018

    Concept development

  • We are here
  • TBD

    Project delivery

Past updates

September 2017

We held a second open house in the park to update on the progress to date and the next steps for the project.

April  2017

We asked for your feedback on the preliminary design concepts for the Tatlow and Volunteer Park Stream Restoration.  

March 2017

We held our first open house and gathered feedback on initial concepts for the project on March 8.

Contact the project team