West End Waterfront Parks and Beach Avenue Master Plan

The West End waterfront boasts a continuous seaside greenway, expansive beaches, and views of English Bay, the Salish Sea, and Vancouver Island beyond.

We're beginning a planning process to create a comprehensive long-term vision and plan for the West End’s waterfront parks, beaches, facilities, and the surrounding street network.

What's happeningFirst steps expected to begin early 2021

How should we improve the experience and functionality of the waterfront parks, facilities, and infrastructure and improve connectivity to the surrounding neighbourhood?

The Park Board and Council approved the contract award to the design team in the fall of 2020, and the first steps in the master planning process are expected to begin in early 2021.


The stretch of shoreline known as English Bay and Sunset Beach Park is located within the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and represents a significant place to their people.

Private residential buildings are not part of the project scope.

Waterfront park system

This is a well-loved and highly frequented area where residents and visitors come to experience nature and the ocean, enjoy leisure activities and special events, and walk or cycle on the Seaside greenway (Seawall).

The waterfront park system fronts onto the West End community, one of the densest neighbourhoods in all of BC. The area is only expected to intensify with increased population growth and tourism. This increased demand, along with climate change and an aging infrastructure, will put pressure on the parks amenities and the seawall.

We aim to provide a compelling and inspiring masterplan, considering:

  • Park identity and functionality
  • Neighbourhood connectivity and access
  • Seawall experience and comfort enhancements
  • Coastal shoreline habitat and restoration
  • Climate change and resilience
  • Park services, facilities, and infrastructure upgrades

West End Community Plan

The West End Community Plan (approved in 2013) identified potential needs for long-term improvements to the transportation system, parks, and public spaces in the area to support the growth in the West End. The project study area overlaps a network of parks and streets that make up a total of approximately 95 acres (38 hectares).

The key components include:

  • English Bay Park
  • Sunset Beach Park
  • Morton Park
  • Alexandra Park
  • Roadways of Beach Ave, Pacific Blvd, and the foot of Davie St

These components have been combined into one study area to create a consolidated effort in improving the entire West End waterfront experience for residents and visitors alike.

Supporting policies

VanPlay: Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation Services Master Plan

VanPlay sets out priorities and provides a policy framework supporting pursuit of equity, connectivity, and access to parks and recreation.

West End Community Plan

We created the West End Community Plan to ensure that future growth in the West End meets the needs of the community. Learn more about the plan.

Downtown: Places for People

We want your ideas on how to support exceptional, vibrant, and memorable experiences in downtown Vancouver.

Transportation 2040 Plan

Our plan provides a vision for how people and goods move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.

VanSplash: Aquatics Strategy

Dive into the future of aquatics in Vancouver!

On Water strategy

The Park Board strategy to improve non-motorized boating opportunities throughout the city.

People, Parks, and Dogs

Our strategy for creating safe, engaging park spaces for people with and without dogs.

Biodiversity Strategy

Biodiversity is part of a healthy city, supporting wildlife of all shapes and sizes and offering access to nature.

Related projects 

Park design

Learn about the park design and extended engagement with local First Nations and other area stakeholders.

South False Creek Seawall Improvements

The City and Park Board are improving conditions for people walking and cycling along the Seawall between Cambie and Burrard bridges.

Downtown: Places for People

We want your ideas on how to support exceptional, vibrant, and memorable experiences in downtown Vancouver.