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, visit the Garden City Lands webpage.
South Arm Park Playground Renewal
The South Arm Park playground is located within the heart of this 23 hectare (57.3 acre) park. The existing playground was built incrementally between the 1980s and the early 2000s, and while some portions of the playground are in good condition, others are in need of renewal.
The renewal will offer an opportunity to introduce new types of play activities, increase the range of universally accessible play opportunities and resolve the disconnectedness between play areas and issues with sightlines.
The timeline for the playground renewal is:
- September 26 to October 20, 2019: Community engagement (now closed)
- Fall 2019 to Spring 2020: Concept and detailed design development
- Summer/Fall 2020: Construction to begin
The development of Aberdeen Park – Phase 2 is underway, and construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2020. 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 and 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, stone paving and more.
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
- 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, for example, concerts, plays and cultural events.
Phase 1 park construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2020.
Based on resident feedback from open house events in 2017, 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:
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
- “Pergola Garden,” a public art piece
Downloadable PDF of park plan
The park has the potential to contribute ecosystem services on a broader scale and will eventually link two new sections of the Alexandra 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 Alexandra Greenway will occur in 2020. 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 and 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
- Paths connecting local streets and residences to No. 3 Road and the future Capstan Village Canada Line Station
Artificial Turf Replacement
Hugh Boyd Sports Field Artificial Turf Replacement
The purpose of this project is to replace the artificial turf field surface at Hugh Boyd Community Park that was constructed in 2006. The projected lifespan of a synthetic sports field is between eight and 12 years depending on the usage and maintenance of the field. It is typically booked for up to 155 hours per week during the peak Fall/Winter season. The field is tested annually for its shock attenuation performance and is currently reaching the limits of what is acceptable for safe operation of an artificial turf field. The operating and replacement costs of the field are partially offset by the user fees collected through the Sports User Fee program and there is no increase in operating costs generated by this request.
Minoru Bowling Green Turf Replacement
The Minoru Bowling Greens were originally constructed in 1966. In 2010, the natural grass greens were converted to a synthetic surfacing system that allowed for year-round use.
Annual inspections and user feedback from the Club members suggest that the synthetic surfaces are near the end of useful life expectancy. Replacement of the Lawn Bowling Green will meet user needs, complement the proposed Lawn Bowling Clubhouse and provide improved service for the 2020 55+ BC Games that the City of Richmond is hosting.
Minoru Lakes Renewal
Originally designed in the 1970s, the Minoru Park Lakes District is in need of renewal to better respond to expanding community needs, reduce reliance on City resources (e.g., potable water and maintenance staff time) and enhance ecological benefits.
Detailed design for renewal of the Minoru Lakes District will commence in 2019.
Based on feedback received during public consultation for the Minoru Park Vision Plan, Minoru Lakes will be retained as a key park feature similar in current size and character.
The Vision for the Minoru Lakes District is:
Protect and enhance the Minoru Lakes District as a place to connect with nature, be close to the water’s edge and seek respite from the surrounding City Centre while also improving function, environmental benefits and reducing maintenance requirements.
Construction is expected to commence Winter 2020.
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 is 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 in 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 18 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 continue through 2019 and features new pathways, trees and land forms.
Downloadable PDF of park plan
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 2019, projects include:
- King George Water-Spray Park UV System;
- Fencing repairs and replacement
- Sandfield upgrades
- Minoru and King George Tennis Court resurfacing