The city has released early ideas for the Arbutus Greenway, a cycling path and collection of small parks that will run from Kitsilano all the way to the Fraser River.
“Over three days last fall, 110 residents from all corners of the city collaborated on draft designs for the future Arbutus Greenway at the Arbutus Greenway Design Jam,” reads a February 2 media release. “In addition to this innovative engagement process, the City also hosted five open houses and sought feedback from over 900 residents on the future design of one of Vancouver's most compelling spaces.”
Highlights mentioned in the release include “places to play,” “places to eat, drink, and shop,” “green infrastructure,” and access to existing bike and bus routes that run east to west.
"The Design Jam was a unique opportunity for our design team to collaborate with a diverse group of residents, and over the course of a weekend, immerse ourselves in a community-led conversation around imagining possibilities for the future greenway," Maggie Buttle, senior project manager for the Arbutus Greenway Project, said quoted in the release.
Idea sketches and videos from the Arbutus Greenway Design Jam are available at the project’s website.
The city has said it will share its picks from those ideas in the spring of 2018.
The Arbutus Greenway is a long and narrow strip of land that the city of Vancouver purchased from Canadian Pacific Police Service in 2016. For years, the land sat unused and became occupied by unofficial community gardens. Then CP Rail began tearing up those gardens and threatened to resume running trains along the tracks there. That prompted the city to eventually purchase the land for $55 million.