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.
Urban Forest Management Strategy
The public is 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.
The first open house took place at Richmond Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Richmond residents are now being asked to provide input through the City’s Lets Talk Richmond website. The survey will be available till Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
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 we are currently working on developing a final Minoru Park Vision Plan which will be presented to Council in Winter 2017.
Once approved by Council, the Minoru Park Vision Plan will be posted to this website.
Steveston Community Park Playground
City parks staff, in collaboration with the Steveston Community Society, developed a preferred concept plan for the future renewal of the Steveston Community Park playground.
In Spring 2016 a two-phase public engagement process was initiated. Both phases included public open houses, workshops, and meetings with community stakeholders. Based on input received during phase one, concept plan options were developed which were presented to the public for feedback. Based on input received, City park staff developed a preferred concept plan, which can be viewed below, for inclusion in a report to Council in Spring 2017.
The preferred concept plan will guide future renewal of the playground, be co-ordinated with the planning for the Steveston Community Facility Replacement Project and be implemented in phases as funding becomes available.
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 sometime in the Fall of 2017.
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 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 from February to March 2015. Comments received informed the development of a final concept plan which was presented to, and approved by, Council in May 2015.
Implementation of the plan has begun with two greenways that will connect from No 2 Road to the park. Phases two to four of construction will be implemented over time as funding becomes available. Phase two will begin in 2018 starting with detailed design and a phasing plan. Construction of the new park features will begin in 2018 with the construction of walking paths, renovated lawn areas, tree plantings and a stormwater feature.
Currently under construction, Aberdeen Park is located at 8331 Cambie Road is approximately 4.1 acres and located at Hazelbridge Way and Cambie Road near Aberdeen Centre.
The new park is envisioned as a major focal point for the emerging Capstan Village area of Richmond. The plan proposes that the park function both as a neighbourhood green space that provides contrast and relief from the busy urban realm, and as a vital and attractive square for public gatherings and community activities. It will offer a diverse mixture of landscape, programs, activities and amenities for residents and visitors alike to experience and enjoy in a shared setting.
The park plan features:
- A new plaza
- 2 Water features – a meandering water feature leading to a rain garden and an open channel
- Pedestrian bridge, basketball net, a drinking fountain
- Planting including many new trees
- A fenced dog park
- Concrete and asphalt paths
- Seating areas with benches
West Cambie Park is approximately six acres in size, is located within the residential Alexandra Neighbourhood and is bounded on the north, west, and south by Odlin Road, May Drive, and Tomicki Road respectively. The park will offer the surrounding residents with park amenities and will play a valuable role in the ecological corridor.
Planning and design of the park, including the greenway to the south, will begin in 2017, with the first phase of construction is scheduled to start in Fall 2017. This work will involve grading and land forming, installing a storm water management system, landscaping and planting of shrubs and trees, and constructing a pathway system throughout the park.