The design for the new park coming to downtown Vancouver brings to mind the now famous High Line park in New York City, a former freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side.
It could be the elevated walkway which will run 5-metres above the park, or perhaps it’s the permanent lounger chairs – rivaled only by the glowing moon-like hammock-seats depicted in the design details released today.
Located at the corner of Smithe and Richards, the park will be a much needed additional green space for the 100,000 people living in the towers that surround the diminutive site.
And with barely an acre to work with, the park board and architectural design firm Dialog Design have packed in as much as possible in what will be the first new green space to be built in downtown Vancouver in nearly 15 years.
Features include three terrace levels, a large public plaza with a water fountain that will be lit up at night, a modern-looking playground, public art installations, and a community long table. There will also be a small food kiosk.
The space is just a dusty parking lot now, and though it’s not even a paved parking lot, Park Board Chair Kirby-Yung was quick to point out that they’re “unpaving paradise”, a reference to Joni Mitchell’s famous 1970 song.
The estimated cost is six million dollars, with construction beginning spring 2017 and the park opening in fall 2018.
No word yet on what the park might be named.