Newest park addition opens in Vancouver's River District

Oct 8 2019, 6:03 pm

Another piece of the puzzle that is the new public parks and green spaces slated for River District in the East Fraserlands is now open.

The Vancouver Park Board says Neighbourhood Park South, a 0.33 public park, is framed by two low-rise buildings to the east and west and Riverwalk Avenue to the north, complete with features such as platform benches, picnic tables, and landscaping.

The addition is part of the 25 acres planned for the new riverfront neighbourhood on the banks of the Fraser River, on a 126-acre former industrial site on the southeast corner of the city.

All parks in the redevelopment are funded by local developer Wesgroup Properties through its development cost levies for the new neighbourhood, which will eventually be home to about 15,000 people — more than Yaletown in downtown.

Attention is now turning to constructing Foreshore and Kinross parks, with construction possibly beginning in 2020.

Extensive spaces are planned, including playing fields, open lawn spaces, playgrounds, promenade, and shoreline reconstruction with vegetation, tidal island, and a bike lane on a flood protection dike.

East Fraserlands parks River District

Site plan of the new parks at the East Fraserlands. (Vancouver Park Board)

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