After more than a year of construction, the False Creek South seawall fully reopened this week with a widened bike lane and pedestrian path.
Built in 1975, the span of seawall between Granville Island and Stamps Landing is the oldest part of Vancouver’s seawall system.
The latest improvements separate and widen the bike lane and pedestrian path to a minimum width of three metres each. There is new asphalt pavement for the bike lane, new brick pavement for the pedestrian path, new centre medians, and improved street furniture such as new benches.
Sections of the old seawall design had uneven surfaces and were too narrow, with blind corners and shared sections between pedestrians and cyclists that led to conflicts.
Parts of the False Creek South seawall were completely closed to allow for construction, which included the removal of about 20 cherry blossom trees just west of Granville Island. However, the Vancouver Park Board previously stated the trees were in poor health and will be replaced with new trees in improved growing conditions.
Old False Creek South seawall design: