Created in early 2000, the Millennium Trail Walkway brought focus to the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers area and solidified Millennium Park as one of the City’s major attractions. Recognizing the great opportunities and potential for this park as an important destination, but also seeing the need to organize and balance competing uses, the City of Castlegar initiated the process of creating a master plan to act as a guide and overall vision for the parks future development.
The planning process involved an inventory and environmental review to identify key issues and opportunities such as vegetation management, habitat improvements and shoreline restoration. Preliminary findings were presented at a community and stakeholder visioning charrette to identify the vision, goals, and principles for the park. From here, a draft master plan was developed and presented to the community for further input. Feedback was used to finalize the master park plan to ensure an integrated planning process that incorporated the various needs of the community and park users.
City of Vancouver
As part of the Hastings Park 2011 Master Plan, the City made a commitment to pursue the development of a stream connection through Creekway Park. The construction of a watercourse and wetland provides a functional amenity of ecological value, connecting the Sanctuary in Hastings Park with Burrard Inlet.
Safe pedestrian and bicycle connections to New Brighton Park and the waterfront were also central to the design and to the overall pedestrian network of Hastings Park. Greenways through Creekway Park provide pedestrian and cycling connections to New Brighton Park, Hastings Park, portside to the west and bridgeway to the east.
Lanarc staff were the prime consultants responsible for the overall design and worked closely with the City, consulting team, community and contractors to develop and implement the design. Opened in 2014, Creekway Park is now a beautiful, functional piece of Vancouver’s green network.
City of West Kelowna
Building on West Kelowna’s successful Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Waterfront Plan, Lanarc was invited to develop a concept plan for redeveloping the much-loved but dilapidated, historic CNR Wharf and park in Gellatly Bay. The concept plan development included stakeholder and community consultation to determine what features and activities should be given priority in phasing and capital planning.
Following adoption of the concept plan, the team was engaged to lead a multidisciplinary process for detailed design and documentation, permitting, tendering, and construction services. The design included replacement of the wharf structure, elevated boardwalk, diving tower, zipline, shoreline stabilization, beach construction, entry plaza and washrooms. Phase 1 opened in June 2014 and quickly became a favourite community destination. Phase 2 is scheduled for construction in 2017.
Queen's Park Master Plan
City of New Westminster
The City of New Westminster initiated the Queen’s Park Master Plan process to create a long-term vision for the park that would help reconcile current issues and guide future decision-making as Queen’s Park continues to evolve. This was the first master plan for the 125-year-old park.
The planning process involved a detailed analysis of current and historical uses of the park; development and implementation of an in-depth public consultation process involving online surveys and in-person workshops and charrettes; and the development of a master plan for the park. The Lanarc team worked closely with City staff, Council, stakeholders, and the public to analyze, design, and develop a publicly-supported master plan for this signature park.
The Queen’s Park Master Plan’s implementation strategy outlines projects to be undertaken in the short, medium, and long-term, along with capital cost estimates to inform decision-making and timing.
Town of Ladysmith
The Ladysmith Spirit Square was developed in conjunction with a new Boys & Girls Club, Seniors Centre and Services Centre to create a landmark public services site in the heart of Ladysmith. Our team worked closely with a multi-disciplinary team, Town staff, and the community to develop a park plan from concept through implementation.
The design for the site was guided by the community desire to have a central gathering and celebration space that is flexible enough to accommodate everything from community markets to informal play. Situated on a steeply sloping site, the team worked to ensure these spaces could be created, all while maintaining accessibility on the site.
Campbell Street Upgrades
District of Tofino
Campbell Street is the entrance and gateway into Downtown Tofino. Our group worked closely with a multidisciplinary team, District staff, and the community to develop a streetscape design from concept through implementation. This project was redesigned from the utilities up and the roadway now includes bike lanes, bicycle parking, and expanded sidewalks and crosswalks.
Several innovations were achieved to set this streetscape apart from a typical “highway”. Innovations include crosswalks that incorporate playful references to salmon and waves; boulevards that incorporate attractive native plantings; custom furniture and seating shelters to provide “places to perch” and a spot to rest out of the sun and rain; and natural materials used (stone and wood) that echo the scale of the beaches and the West Coast driftwood that dominate the surrounding coastline.
Adapting to Climate Change Workshops and Video Series
Natural Resources Canada
The Lanarc team developed the Climate Change Adaptation on the BC Coast Video and Workshop Series, which focuses on providing practical and accessible approaches to climate change adaptation in community development. The modular video tutorial series is targeted to provincial and local government, the private sector, non-government organizations (NGOs), First Nations, and the general public. The series focuses on our relationship with water with key themes including Coastal Flood Management (adapting to sea level rise), Rainwater Management (adapting to changing percipitation), and Water Conservation (adapting to seasonal drought).
The video series was supported by five interactive workshops running parallel with the video production to refine the content. Lanarc worked closely with 138 key stakeholders across the province collecting feedback and video statements on key challenges and successes. A brochure was also produced to accompany the video series, which cross-references the CCIAD Adaptation Platform tools and publications.