Park to be completed by 2017
The City of Vancouver held an open house Wednesday night to unveil their preferred concept for a new park in Yaletown, close to the business district — the first new park downtown in almost a decade.
The lot is across from the Dolce and Vita developments on the corner of Smithe and Richards, and has been in the works for several years. The site is currently a parking lot, but part of it was previously occupied by the restaurant Lucy Mae Brown, which later became a temporary homeless shelter.
Construction on the new park is scheduled to begin later this year, and complete in 2017. The park is sure to be popular with Yaletown residents, visitors, and office workers alike – especially with the influx of new office space less than a block away at the recently-opened Telus Garden development.
The park’s most striking design feature is an elevated walkway zig-zagging across the property, with a dramatic lookout over Smithe Street at its foot. There are also plans for a water feature, children’s playground, food and coffee kiosk and a large plaza with room for a farmers market in the summer months.
To view the complete open house presentation, click here. All renderings courtesy City of Vancouver and DIALOG.