VANCOUVER — Vancouver City Council has endorsed the design vision and implementation strategy for the Arbutus Greenway, a north-south transportation corridor running from False Creek to the Fraser River.
The first phase of construction would include a new southern extension to Hudson Street Park on the Fraser River, a northern extension to False Creek and the seawall via Pine Street and West 1st Avenue, and detailed design and construction from West 16th Avenue to King Edward Avenue called the Ridge. The project will also span from Southwest Marine Drive to Milton Street in a portion named the Lookout. Timelines are subject to available funding, explains a release.
The Arbutus Greenway initiative began in 2016 when the City of Vancouver bought 42 acres of land from Canadian Pacific Railway for $55 million, ending years of dispute between the two parties. The area was also considered as a possible route for the Canada Line before it was decided to build the transit line along Cambie Street.
Public engagement for the Greenway also began in 2016 and has continued with over 50 events through five rounds of engagement.
“The Arbutus Greenway represents a rare opportunity to transform a historic rail corridor into eight distinct character zones that reflect our neighbourhoods and to boost Vancouver’s greenway-seawall network with nine new kilometres. The greenway is becoming a defining feature of Vancouver’s urban landscape where people can walk, cycle or relax in a new and vibrant public space,” Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement.
“The design vision for the Arbutus Greenway is the result of an innovative and multi-phased public engagement process that sought feedback from residents of all age groups and from all corners of the city,” added City of Vancouver general manager for engineering services Jerry Dobrovolny.
“The greenway is a remarkable public space that presents both opportunities and challenges, and we hope that the design vision balances all of these aspirations in an ambitious yet thoughtful manner.”