Ambleside Waterfront Park Implementation Project

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Update - February 5, 2021

More waterfront park space coming soon to Ambleside!

As part of the Ambleside Waterfront Plan, the structure at 1466 Argyle Avenue has been removed to create more park space and improved access to the waterfront.

Work will continue in upcoming weeks on the waterfront to prepare the area as a park for public use. Crews will start by removing two old concrete pads located on the waterfront to the east of Millennium Park. After these pads have been removed, work will begin to fill and grade the area and seed the area with grass. Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, February 16 and is estimated to take approximately six weeks to complete.

Fencing will surround the construction area to keep the work contained and for public safety. There will be a short period of disruption to the pathway leading through Argyle Gardens during this time.

The newly seeded grass will be fenced off until the grass is established in May 2021.

This will extend Millennium Park and allow for better access to the adjacent community garden.


Update - November 2, 2020

The District of West Vancouver has been working to create open park space and public access.

Part of this plan is the removal of the District-owned house at 1466 Argyle Avenue. This will extend Millennium Park and allow for better access to the adjacent community garden. The new park area is anticipated to open to the public in spring 2021.

Background

The District of West Vancouver has been working to create open park space and public access to the waterfront since the mid-1950s. The District bought and removed cottages and houses to create Ambleside Park and then, in the 1970s, began buying properties along Argyle Avenue between 13th Street and 18th Street.

After an extensive community consultation process, and building on four decades of work from the community, previous Councils and staff, the Ambleside Waterfront Concept Plan(External link) was endorsed by Council on Monday, June 13, 2016. Since then, consultants have been working with Parks staff, stakeholders and advisory groups to refine and develop the park plan. The plan includes something for everyone to enjoy—more green spaces and public waterfront access, multi-use plazas, improvements to community facilities, and much more. This work is planned to begin in phases over the next several years.

Staff will continue to seek input from key stakeholders and keep the community informed.


About the project

By balancing community interests and priorities, the plan expresses a cohesive vision that ensures something for everyone, more green and open spaces, and multi-use plaza spaces and infrastructure to provide for the community to enjoy the waterfront for what it is–one of the jewels of West Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

This project will be built in sections and will likely take several years to realize.

We're excited to share the next phase of what's to come on the waterfront in the Ambleside area.

Report to Council | September 2019

Parks staff presented the Ambleside Waterfront Plan - Final Design Detail report to Council on Monday, September 9, 2019.

The report strives to visually present the aesthetic look of the future Ambleside Waterfront Park when it is completed in its entirety.

The following was also presented to Council on September 9, 2019.

Presentation: Ambleside Waterfront Plan


Update - February 5, 2021

More waterfront park space coming soon to Ambleside!

As part of the Ambleside Waterfront Plan, the structure at 1466 Argyle Avenue has been removed to create more park space and improved access to the waterfront.

Work will continue in upcoming weeks on the waterfront to prepare the area as a park for public use. Crews will start by removing two old concrete pads located on the waterfront to the east of Millennium Park. After these pads have been removed, work will begin to fill and grade the area and seed the area with grass. Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, February 16 and is estimated to take approximately six weeks to complete.

Fencing will surround the construction area to keep the work contained and for public safety. There will be a short period of disruption to the pathway leading through Argyle Gardens during this time.

The newly seeded grass will be fenced off until the grass is established in May 2021.

This will extend Millennium Park and allow for better access to the adjacent community garden.


Update - November 2, 2020

The District of West Vancouver has been working to create open park space and public access.

Part of this plan is the removal of the District-owned house at 1466 Argyle Avenue. This will extend Millennium Park and allow for better access to the adjacent community garden. The new park area is anticipated to open to the public in spring 2021.

Background

The District of West Vancouver has been working to create open park space and public access to the waterfront since the mid-1950s. The District bought and removed cottages and houses to create Ambleside Park and then, in the 1970s, began buying properties along Argyle Avenue between 13th Street and 18th Street.

After an extensive community consultation process, and building on four decades of work from the community, previous Councils and staff, the Ambleside Waterfront Concept Plan(External link) was endorsed by Council on Monday, June 13, 2016. Since then, consultants have been working with Parks staff, stakeholders and advisory groups to refine and develop the park plan. The plan includes something for everyone to enjoy—more green spaces and public waterfront access, multi-use plazas, improvements to community facilities, and much more. This work is planned to begin in phases over the next several years.

Staff will continue to seek input from key stakeholders and keep the community informed.


About the project

By balancing community interests and priorities, the plan expresses a cohesive vision that ensures something for everyone, more green and open spaces, and multi-use plaza spaces and infrastructure to provide for the community to enjoy the waterfront for what it is–one of the jewels of West Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

This project will be built in sections and will likely take several years to realize.

We're excited to share the next phase of what's to come on the waterfront in the Ambleside area.

Report to Council | September 2019

Parks staff presented the Ambleside Waterfront Plan - Final Design Detail report to Council on Monday, September 9, 2019.

The report strives to visually present the aesthetic look of the future Ambleside Waterfront Park when it is completed in its entirety.

The following was also presented to Council on September 9, 2019.

Presentation: Ambleside Waterfront Plan

  • Completed Changes

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    As part of the Ambleside Waterfront Concept Plan approved by Council in June 2016, some changes have already taken place to the Ambleside waterfront area.

    Completed changes include:
    • three waterfront houses and the Lawson Creek Studios building have been removed and new green space has been created
    • the public boat ramp near Hollyburn Sailing Club was closed to vehicle access October 2016 but remains open for Hollyburn Sailing Club and public use
    • the Argyle Avenue corridor between 13th-14th and 16th-18th Street will give priority to pedestrians and cyclists, with limited access for service vehicles