Vancouver Park Board to vote on Hillcrest and Riley redesigns
The $1.4-million rebuild of Hillcrest and Riley parks would add more green space and build more cycling infrastructure, according to the Park Board. (PHOTOS SUBMITTED)
"How do we encourage more people to cycle? Providing better paths, better lighting, more bike racks, all of those infrastructure pieces would encourage people to use their bikes." — Aaron Jasper, Park Board
Vancouver Park Board is expected to vote Monday on $1.4 million in upgrades to Hillcrest and Riley parks — with more bike paths, cyclists’ parking and to trade some vehicle parking for green space.
Park Board chairman Aaron Jasper said on Sunday the anticipated changes would also add more transit from the Canada Line to the Nat Bailey Stadium in the park on baseball game nights through a partnership with the Vancouver Canadians.
Work on the park, if approved, is expected to last through fall 2015.
The changes have been in the works since the home of the Vancouver Curling Club was torn down, Jasper said, that’s around the time a new Olympic and Paralympic facility was built for the 2010 Winter Games.
That Olympic facility is now the Hillcrest Centre.
“With the goal of greenest city, we looked at the issues of traffic and access to this facility,” he said.
Parts of the park would be closed during construction — particularly when drainage upgrades are being installed for the park’s soccer fields, and during a “realignment” of one of the park’s baseball diamonds to address the concern of the sun hitting players’ eyes.
There will also be a new youth soccer field for children.
“There could be some potential disruption ... where (staff) can they’ll accommodate, where they can’t we’ll also work with those groups to find alternative space in the interim,” Jasper added.