What you need to know
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 happeningHelp imagine the future of the West End Waterfront
Shape the plan that guides a thirty-year vision of the West End Waterfront.
The West End waterfront boasts a continuous seaside greenway, expansive beaches, and views of English Bay, the Salish Sea, and Vancouver Island beyond.
The project area's parks, beaches, and streets are located on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and represents a place of great cultural, spiritual, and ecological significance.
Note Private residential buildings are not part of the project scope.
Waterfront parks and streets system
This is a popular and loved public space 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 aging infrastructure, will put pressure on the parks amenities and the seawall.
We aim to provide a compelling and inspiring plan, 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
Why we need a plan for this area
A long-term plan will help address the pressures facing the West End waterfront while creating new opportunities to experience and enjoy the area over the next 30 years. Learn more about the challenges and opportunities.
Jan - Aug 2021
Gather information and stories about the neighbourhood’s parks, streets, and spaces to build a shared understanding of the area and guide high-level plans and concept development.
Sept - Dec 2021
Listen and learn
Communities share how they use, value, and experience the West End Waterfront and their vision for the future.
Winter 2022 - spring 2023
Develop initial concepts and ideas
Develop initial concepts from ideas generated from Phase 1 and 2 that support principles and visions for the West End Waterfront.
We are here
Summer - fall 2023
Draft preferred concepts and plan
Apply what we’ve learned to develop preferred concepts and a draft plan for the West End Waterfront.
Complete master plan
Seek Council and Park Board approval of the West End Waterfront Master Plan
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.
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.
City of Reconciliation
Vancouver was designated a City of Reconciliation when the Reconciliation Framework was adopted by Council on July 8, 2014.
Park Board Reconciliation mission, vision, and values
Reconciliation mission, vision, and values act as a compass to guide the Park Board’s reconciliation journey.
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 is part of a healthy city, supporting wildlife of all shapes and sizes and offering access to nature.
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