Editor's note: This story has been corrected since first being published. The park is not part of the new development at 250 East 15th St. but is situated nearby at 1600 Eastern Avenue.
The City of North Vancouver has released the designs for a funky new park shaped like a circle that's set to be built in Central Lonsdale in 2022.
The new park will be constructed at 1600 Eastern Ave. and will be nearby Anthem Properties' Origin Development. In 2018, the city acquired a 0.2 hectare of land that became available due to rezoning. Essentially a "blank slate," the space allowed the city to start from scratch on a completely new park for the area.
After two rounds of consultations with the public and stakeholder feedback, the city has now released a final concept plan for the neighbourhood park, which they say was “shaped by the voices of the community.”
One of the goals of the city’s park master plan is that all residents are within a five-minute walk from any park or public open space.
“To help achieve the park goals, we are creating a new neighbourhood plan at 1600 Eastern Ave.,” the city’s website states. “This plan reflects the needs of the East Central Lonsdale neighbourhood and provides new creative programming opportunities for our community.”
The park’s main design feature is a circular covered canopy with hammocks and porch swings hanging from underneath. It will also have small playful features such as an in-ground trampoline, water feature, and climbing boulders.
“Our goal is to create a park that supports the needs of the neighbourhood and provides new, creative ways to have fun and enjoy the community green space,” the city’s website states.
The park will be framed by lush greenery and a dense planting of trees will form a green canopy overhead, while pollinator meadows will be at the park entrance.
The park will also have a fenced dog area with a water fountain and play boulders.
Construction will begin on the park in the winter of 2022 and is scheduled to be completed later that year.
Elisia Seeber is the North Shore News’ Indigenous and civic affairs reporter. This reporting beat is made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.