The new, permanent park expansion as part of the Northeast False Creek redevelopment could be a decade away, but in the meantime local residents and tourists will soon be able to use a new, sizeable green space on the site.
In a recent Development Board meeting, City of Vancouver staff approved a proposal by Concord Pacific to turn a 3.3-acre parcel on the easternmost portion of its property at Northeast False Creek – immediately north of Creekside Park and east of the Concord Pacific Presentation Centre – into a temporary park until work can begin on the site’s permanent park.
Creekside Pop-Up Park will feature three separate open lawn spaces, a sandy beach-like area with a beach volleyball net and seating logs, picnic tables, half-basketball court, water play area, ping pong tables, movable chairs with umbrellas, pathways, painted pavement, trees, and other landscaping.
The Concord Pacific-funded installation, designed by local firm Francl Architecture, was part of the developer’s application to extend the use of its three-building Presentation Centre and ground-level parking at 88 Pacific Boulevard, as its previous permit for the site was about to expire.
However, the temporary park and the future permanent park will likely mean that special, major events, such as Cirque du Soleil, that rent the easternmost parcel of the Concord Pacific lands will have to find another location – likely away from the city centre.
The project’s proponents developed the temporary park design in conjunction with the False Creek Residents Association, whose members – residents in the immediate area – have been demanding a park on the site for years.
Construction on Creekside Pop-Up Park will begin this spring for a summer 2018 opening.