The temporary pathway of the Arbutus Greenway is now fully paved after months of delay due to weather.
And wrapping up a round of consultations, the city of Vancouver also has a better idea of how the public wants to use it.
Among using the path for walking and biking, the city’s Transportation Planning Manager Dale Bracewell says the public just doesn’t want to see ordinary green space with benches, but more gathering spaces along the way.
“Some high aspirations more for kind of the natural feel of greening, kind of reconnecting to nature if possible kind of thing. Eco-system, biodiversity, all sorts of ways it was expressed. I think some of the kind of natural place that the Arbutus as a rail corridor has been in terms of how people have been using it, the public is saying to hold on to some of that.”
“People are really looking for this to be a high-quality public space.”
City of Van: Public wants more than just ordinary greenspace. “They want spaces along the way, not just benches, places cmnty can gather”
— Emily Lazatin (@EmilyLazatin980) April 14, 2017
The city will look at a draft design plan, with more consultations lined up and a plan expected in the fall.
The city had bought the Arbutus Corridor from CP Rail for $55-million more than a year ago.