Arbutus Greenway

Arbutus Greenway: character zones

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View sketches of each character zone

  • Zone 1

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    Community gardens are a big part of the experience in this zone, while local parks provide a place a place to pause, relax, and play.

  • Zone 2

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    Provides a series of garden rooms for seating, public art, and native planting.

  • Zone 3

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    This area is defined by landscaped nooks for people to sit, relax, and enjoy the views to English Bay and the mountains.

  • Zone 4

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    The design for this zone adds more landscaping to the existing tree canopy to create a Pacific Northwest forest-like experience. Lookout points celebrate views of the North Shore mountains.

  • Zone 5

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    A variety of seating areas and informal landscaped areas.

  • Zone 6

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    This zone celebrates the existing Victory Gardens on the eastside of the greenway, using wildflowers and native plantings to enhance biodiversity.

  • Zone 7

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    Zone 7 features a variety of recreational opportunities, such as giant chess, ping pong, and bocce, and includes a small community gathering area at West 60th Ave.

  • Zone 8

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    A fully-accessible lookout tower with views to the Fraser River Delta and Vancouver International Airport is the major feature in this zone.

The Arbutus Greenway will be a defining element of Vancouver’s urban landscape as a vibrant and beautiful public space for walking, cycling, and streetcar.

The Arbutus Greenway is a future, north-south transportation corridor that will connect people, parks, and places from False Creek to the Fraser River.

It will reimagine a historic rail corridor and will provide a high-quality, accessible public space for walking, cycling, and rolling. It will be a destination that fosters both movement and rich social interaction – inspired by nature and the stories of the places it connects.

We have built a temporary path while we plan and design the future Arbutus Greenway. Come enjoy the space and explore the corridor!

What's happening

In 2016, the City purchased the Arbutus Corridor from Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) for $55M.

As part of the Purchase Agreement pdf file (5.6 MB), the City and CPR agreed to an option to purchase the lands between West 1st Ave and West 5th Ave (the Option Lands) for a nominal purchase price in the event that the lands are not required for transportation purposes.

If CPR exercises this option, the City will receive a share of any proceeds beyond $75-million that CPR raises in the subsequent sale of the land.

On September 5, 2018, Council approved the removal of the lands between West 1st Ave and West 5th Ave from the Arbutus Corridor Official Development Plan. The amendment does not change the existing zoning of the Option Lands. Any potential rezoning would be considered in a future public process.

Next steps for the Option Lands:

For the area between West 1st and West 2nd Avenue, east of Fir St, we will be exploring future land use and density options, and future streetcar connections to Vanier Park.

Before any development can occur, amendments to the False Creek Official Development Plan pdf file (8.6 MB) will be required. Any potential change in zoning for the remaining Options Lands (between West 2nd and West 5th Ave) will be considered by Broadway Corridor Planning Program

There will be a public engagement process around any proposed changes for the Option Lands.

Implementation Strategy

The greenway will be constructed in phases to accommodate funding strategies and changing circumstances. The implementation strategy  (1.5 MB) guides the phased construction. Subject to funding, the first phase of construction (2019-2022) could include:

  • Construction of a new southern extension to Hudson St Park on the Fraser River
  • Construction of a northern extension to False Creek and the seawall via Pine St and West 1st Ave
  • Detailed design and construction of Zone 3, from West 16th Ave to King Edward Ave
  • Detailed design and construction of Zone 8, from Southwest Marine Dr to Milton St
  • Short-term spot improvements to enhance safety and comfort
  • Collaboration between City and Park Board staff on greenway integration with parks

Construction could begin in 2019, subject to availability of funding.

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