The following design and construction projects are currently underway for new or existing Richmond parks and trails:
Garden City Lands
For more information about the development of the Garden City Lands Legacy Landscape, please visit the Garden City Lands webpage.
The development of Aberdeen Park – Phase 2 is underway, and construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2019. This second phase will consist of four main elements:
1. Zhengzhou Exchange Garden
2. All Ages Playground
3. Stage Canopy
4. Public Washroom
In 2017, the City of Richmond participated in the China International Garden Expo. Aberdeen Park was identified as the site of a reciprocal exchange garden, based on a concept provided by the City of Zhengzhou, China. Inspired by a ‘Zen Garden’ motif, it seeks to provide immersive spaces for quiet contemplation and passive recreation. The proposed materials – both hard and softscape – are reminiscent of those endemic to Zhengzhou and China such as bamboo, stone, native plants, etc. Feature elements include an enclosed structure to provide shelter and house passive recreation activities (e.g. tai chi and yoga), an ephemeral water feature, seating walls, and stone paving, among others.
The All Ages Playground will fulfill the following criteria:
- Provide a range of opportunities for sensory and motor skills development;
- Maximize inclusivity;
- Provide creative and imaginative play experiences;
- Incorporate nature play, including elements such as boulders, timbers, hardy vegetation, etc.;
- Ensure safety and a high degree of visibility; and,
- Be durable, low maintenance, and resistant to vandalism.
The Stage Canopy will accommodate park programming during inclement weather and provide sufficient cover for a range of community events – e.g. concerts, plays, cultural events, etc.
The West Cambie Neighbourhood Park will see Phase 1 construction begin in 2019.
Based on resident feedback from open house events, the park will strive for an ecological focus while accommodating the expansion of the geothermal Alexandra District Energy Utility.
The design aims to retain existing trees, improve accessibility and introduce the following recreational features and contemplative spaces:
- All ages children’s playground;
- Table tennis and basketball court;
- Off-leash dog park;
- Seasonal rain garden with lookout;
- Lawn amphitheatre;
- Wildflower meadow and pollinator-friendly plant beds; and
- “Pergola Garden,” a public art piece.
The park has the potential to contribute ecosystem services on a broader scale. It will eventually link two new sections of the West Cambie Greenway to the south with an existing portion to the north, and serve as a contiguous ecological corridor between Cambie Road and Garden City Lands.
Further development of the West Cambie Greenway will occur in 2019. The May Drive section will be completed, while the Alexandra Road portion will see an interim pathway created prior to the installation of a geoexchange field below. These greenways, in addition to providing multimodal transportation routes, will offer foraging opportunities for barn owls and native vegetation to attract pollinator species.
Capstan Village Park (Phase 1)
One of the newest city-owned parks to be built in 2018 is Capstan Village Park. This park will be built with contributions from adjacent developments through the Development Cost Charge (DCC) Program. It will be built in two phases. Phase 1 will front the No.3 Road and will be adjacent to the future Capstan Canada Line station. The park will be a 0.8 hectares (2.1 acre) Neighbourhood Park and will provide a vital green space refuge for local residents and visitors to the area. Some of the significant park features to be provided are:
- A children’s playground with climbing and sliding features;
- Interactive water-play feature, including fountain and nature-inspired stream channel;
- Public art integrated into the playground as an additional play structure;
- Rocks, boulders and plantings to inspire children’s nature play;
- Significant tree and shrub plantings;
- Large open lawn area, benches, trash receptacles and bike racks;
- Extensive plaza area with linear seating and tree plantings; and,
- Paths connecting local streets and residences to No.3 Road and the future Capstan Village Canada Line Station.
Urban Forest Management Strategy
In 2017, the public was invited to provide input into the Urban Forest Management Strategy that is currently being developed by the City of Richmond to guide how the City will protect and manage trees on public land.
Trees and forests provide important benefits for our community's health and well-being. The Strategy will give us the vision for what our urban forest will be and will set out principles and targets to make our vision a reality.
City staff are continuing to develop the Urban Forest Management Strategy and anticipate completion of this plan in late 2018.
Minoru Park Vision Plan
Due to significant recent changes in Minoru Park such as the new multi-use sports fields and Minoru Centre for Active Living facility, along with the rapid increase in residential population nearby, City Parks staff are working towards the development of a Vision Plan that will guide future park renewal and ensure that it remains a vibrant destination park for current and future generations.
The second phase of public engagement, which was focused on receiving feedback on concept plan options, is now closed and Parks staff are currently working on a report to Council towards adoption of the Vision Plan.
Once approved by Council, the Minoru Park Vision Plan will be posted to this website.
Middle Arm / Hollybridge Pier
The City’s Middle Arm waterfront park system continues to evolve with new features being added as time and funding allow. The Hollybridge Pier will become a landmark along the Middle Arm, and an integral part of the Parks & Open Space plan associated with the River Green Village development that Council approved in 2013. The estimated cost of constructing the Hollybridge Pier is $2,000,000.
The pier will be constructed utilizing steel piles as the foundation, with a combination steel and timber deck surface. The design incorporates a contemporary look that will enhance the waterfront park currently being developed at the site. Upon receiving approvals from the Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Diking Authority, the construction of the pier is expected to commence 2019.
London / Steveston Neighbourhood School Park
In 2015, the City of Richmond acquired five acres of the former Steveston Secondary School site. This additional park space presented a unique opportunity to engage the public and surrounding neighbourhoods towards the development of a master plan for the west side of London - Steveston Park. The larger City-owned portion of the park site (a portion of the park site is owned by School District No 38) is approximately eighteen acres and features a softball complex, four ball diamonds, a small playground and seating area and a caretaker’s suite with change rooms and public washrooms.
A two-phase public consultation process took place and the resulting final concept plan was approved by Council in May 2015.
Two greenways that connect from No 2 Road to the park were recently completed. The next phase of construction will commence in 2018 and features new pathways, trees and land forms.
Ageing Infrastructure Replacement & Retrofit Projects
Parks infrastructure includes underground services (e.g., drainage, water lines), above ground services (e.g., lighting, irrigation systems), hard surfaces (e.g., trails, plazas), sports facilities, playgrounds and site furnishing, water features and waterfront amenities (e.g., bridges, piers, floats). Assets are inspected regularly according to regulations by external bodies, as per City preventative maintenance programs and regional standards.
Whenever possible, major repairs or retrofits are undertaken to extend the useful life of these park assets. At the end of an asset’s useful life, upon determination that it still fulfills community need, Capital submissions are made for asset replacement.
For 2018, projects include:
- King George Water- Spray Park Resurfacing;
- Richmond Nature Park Boardwalk Replacement; and
- No. 2 Road Pier Retrofit.