The Vancouver Park Board has launched a public consultation process for a new centrally-located pocket public park at the northwest corner of the intersection of East 7th Avenue and Main Street in Mount Pleasant.
A new development currently under construction to the north of the site on the city block has set aside the southern half of the block, about 12,000 sq. ft., for the public park.
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The online survey seeks public feedback on the type of character, uses, and features the public park should have.
The Park Board has indicated a possible design direction that is more than just an open grass lawn.
Feedback collected will lead to a concept design this Winter, with another round of public consultation in Spring 2021 towards the finalization of the design. The park is expected to reach completion in 2022.
The nine-storey redevelopment on the city block at 188 East 6th Avenue is spearheaded by the municipal government’s Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency and Catalyst Community Developments Society.
It is an affordable housing project, with 145 new homes, plus retail and restaurant spaces on the ground level, which will help activate the streetscape and new public park.
On average, rents will be set at a minimum of 20% below market, with one-third of the homes rented at BC Housing’s Housing Income Limits.
Construction on the building is anticipated to reach completion in Spring 2021.