Design & Construction

Garden City Lands

Welcome to Create Garden City Lands
The Garden City Lands are an extraordinary 55.2 hectares (136.5 acres) of open space located within the Agricultural Land Reserve, in the heart of Richmond, between Westminster Highway, Alderbridge Way, Garden City Way and No. 4 Road. The Garden City Lands will become a major new community park with diverse uses, including urban agriculture, environmental preservation and interpretation, recreational and cultural uses.

Have Your Say on the Garden City Lands Design Options

Following initial consultation, the next phase of plans for the Garden City Lands, including perimeter trail design and water management infrastructure, has been developed. The City of Richmond invites the public to provide feedback on the preferred plan.

There will be two drop-in style public open houses:

Open house 1
Date: Monday, May 30, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Richmond City Hall - Atrium
6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC
Open house 2
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Richmond City Hall - Atrium
6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC
Those attending the open houses are encouraged to talk with City park planners and consultants, review information and the preferred concept that will be on display, and provide their comments.

Those who cannot attend the open houses can visit www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca from Monday, May 30 to midnight, Sunday, June 12, 2016 for the open house information, to learn more about the process, download documents and complete the online version of the comment form.

Information gathered during these two open houses and from www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca will help staff refine the final design for Garden City Lands. This refined design will be presented for Council approval to proceed with construction. Park construction is expected to begin in 2016. 

The Legacy Landscape Plan
The Legacy Landscape Plan was approved by Richmond City Council in June 2014.

Key components and highlights of the plan include:

  • Dedicating up to 50 acres of the site for urban agriculture and farming uses.
  • Preserving about 70 acres of the site in its ecologically-significant and natural bog state with boardwalks and lookouts sensitively integrated throughout to support environmental interpretation and public enjoyment of this area.
  • An extensive trails system featuring a 2.5-kilometre perimeter trail.
  • A community hub acting as a focal point for public activities and principal gateway into the park. It will be comprised of gathering and festival spaces, play elements, community and demonstration gardens, and a small cluster of service buildings.
  • An eight-acre “mound” on existing raised area at the north end of the site, which will be used for various neighbourhood and community uses with seating and picnicking, pathways, open grass meadow areas, and fruit and woodlot trees.
  • A sanctuary area in the centre of park providing quiet space for reflection and other passive activities.
  • A designated wetland, which will act as a natural collector of surface water draining through the site, and a water feature for public enjoyment.
  • Public art and other cultural landscape features will be integrated throughout the park.
To view the entire Legacy Landscape Plan document, please see the following: 
PDF Document 2014 Legacy Landscape Plan - May 2014

The document has also be broken down into individual sections for easier viewing online.


PDF Document 2014 GCL Legacy Landscape Plan - Intro Section 1
PDF Document 2014 GCL Legacy Landscape Plan - Section 2
PDF Document 2014 GCL Legacy Landscape Plan - Section 3
PDF Document 2014 GCL Legacy Landscape Plan - Section 4
PDF Document 2014 GCL Legacy Landscape Plan - Section 4B
PDF Document 2014 GCL Legacy Landscape Plan - Section 5
PDF Document 2014 GCL Legacy Landscape Plan - Appendices

 

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Next Steps
Implementation of the plan will be a multi-year process. Immediate steps include development of a detailed water and ecological resource management strategy to guide the development and maintenance of the site.

Design and construction of the initial phases of the plan will follow with the objective of constructing perimeter trails to provide public access to the site in Spring of 2016. Work will also commence on some of the major pieces of infrastructure that will support the bog ecosystem and, at the same time, enable the development of agricultural and recreational activities.

Create Garden City Lands Ideas Fair
The Legacy Landscape Plan was developed through an intensive18-month public process in which thousands of Richmond residents had input on developing the vision for the future of the Garden City Lands.

The Create Garden City Lands ideas Fair on June 1, 2013 was a huge success with more than 650 participants. The following is a sampling of some of the public input received at the event.

Press the play button and then the square button in the bottom, right-hand corner to watch the video in full screen HD.
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Background
The City-owned Garden City Lands (the Lands) are approximately 136.5 acres (55.2 hectares) located on the eastern edge of Richmond City Centre, between Westminster Highway, Garden City Way, Alderbridge Way and No. 4 Road (see adjacent map and link below). The Lands are located within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and are currently vacant. The City maintains the Lands by mowing it three times a year.

The Garden City Lands are designated for “Public and Open Space Use” in the Official Community Plan with an Agricultural zoning designation. In the City Centre Area Plan, the Lands have been designated as Parks-Further Study Required. The Metro Vancouver 2040 Regional Growth Strategy has the Lands designated “Conservation and Recreation”.

On March 31, 2010, the City of Richmond concluded the purchase of the Garden City Lands from the Canada Lands Company (CLC) Ltd. and Musqueam Indian Band for $59.17 million.

Google Maps Garden City Lands - location map

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Biophysical Inventory and Analysis
To fully understand the diversity of the Garden City Lands and make informed decisions about the site’s future, the City commissioned a Biophysical Inventory and Analysis. The work was undertaken by a professional consulting team with expertise in ecology, wildlife, habitat assessment, hydrology and agrology. Inventory and assessment information contained in this report will provide a foundation of knowledge for the City of Richmond, other consultants and the general public as this planning process moves forward.

The Biophysical Inventory and Analysis provides a snapshot of the Garden City Lands during the period in which it was completed. Truly understanding the site will require observation over many years. Balancing healthy ecological functions and creating interesting and enjoyable human experiences in Garden City Lands will be an important consideration when creating a legacy open space for future generations. The City will continue to conduct ongoing analysis and inventory of the lands to further inform the planning process.

PDF Document GCL Biophysical Inventory - July 2013