Revitalizing Horseshoe Bay Park

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The District is working to revitalize Horseshoe Bay Park and create a gathering space for residents and visitors alike. The goal is to create a free-flowing connected park space from the Horseshoe Bay Pier all the way to the BC Ferries terminal.

Next steps - updated October 2020

Working drawings for the upgrades of Horseshoe Bay Park are currently in development. During this phase of the work, the District must apply for and obtain the required archaeological permits prior to breaking any ground.

The federal Fisheries Act requires construction to occur at the lowest tides of the year to minimize environmental disruptions. West Vancouver's lowest tides occur during the summer.

With consideration for these timelines, park improvements are anticipated to begin in spring or summer 2021.

Highlights of the proposed park improvements

  • Continuous waterfront path
  • Removal of retaining wall
  • Better access to beach and water
  • Picnic shelter and stage
  • Large open lawn
  • Seating opportunities
  • New playground
  • Viewing platforms
  • Plaza space with water play
  • Updated washroom
  • Improved boat ramp

Construction Map

Council Presentation

Public meeting and survey

Thank you to everyone that attended the public meeting and completed the survey.

Public Consultation Summary

View the park concept design

We are excited to share the park concept design with you!

The design captures ideas you shared with us at the last public meeting (in 2017) and in the previous survey (in January 2018).

Combined with input from the volunteer Horseshoe Bay Advisory Group, the updated park design features changes that address the needs of many park users.

The design is featured on page 5 of the document, however, we suggest you take a browse through all of the boards from the public meeting for a review of the:

  • past consultation feedback
  • site opportunities and challenges

Park concept design & public meeting boards


The District is working to revitalize Horseshoe Bay Park and create a gathering space for residents and visitors alike. The goal is to create a free-flowing connected park space from the Horseshoe Bay Pier all the way to the BC Ferries terminal.

Next steps - updated October 2020

Working drawings for the upgrades of Horseshoe Bay Park are currently in development. During this phase of the work, the District must apply for and obtain the required archaeological permits prior to breaking any ground.

The federal Fisheries Act requires construction to occur at the lowest tides of the year to minimize environmental disruptions. West Vancouver's lowest tides occur during the summer.

With consideration for these timelines, park improvements are anticipated to begin in spring or summer 2021.

Highlights of the proposed park improvements

  • Continuous waterfront path
  • Removal of retaining wall
  • Better access to beach and water
  • Picnic shelter and stage
  • Large open lawn
  • Seating opportunities
  • New playground
  • Viewing platforms
  • Plaza space with water play
  • Updated washroom
  • Improved boat ramp

Construction Map

Council Presentation

Public meeting and survey

Thank you to everyone that attended the public meeting and completed the survey.

Public Consultation Summary

View the park concept design

We are excited to share the park concept design with you!

The design captures ideas you shared with us at the last public meeting (in 2017) and in the previous survey (in January 2018).

Combined with input from the volunteer Horseshoe Bay Advisory Group, the updated park design features changes that address the needs of many park users.

The design is featured on page 5 of the document, however, we suggest you take a browse through all of the boards from the public meeting for a review of the:

  • past consultation feedback
  • site opportunities and challenges

Park concept design & public meeting boards

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Q&A

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    Are there any plans for a future off-leash dog area in the park, or at least more dog-friendly area? Currently, about 75% of the green space in the park is dog-prohibited, which seems illogical considering the high rate of dog ownership in the neighbourhood. As a result, the no-dog signage is largely ignored. Adding a small off-leash area would help attract dog owners away from future dog-prohibited areas of the park. Off-leash dog areas do not need to be expensive or have poor aesthetics as a small timber fence can suffice to give our furry friends some socialization time (e.g. Vancouver’s New Brighton Park).

    brobazza asked 3 months ago

    At this time, there are no plans to add an off-leash dog area in Horseshoe Bay Park. Staff have received mixed feedback about making an off-leash area. The east side of the park will remain an on-leash area and the west side will not allow dogs by the field, playground, or beach.

    Staff are tracking requests for off-leash areas and will study them further if opportunities arise in nearby parks.

    For a map of off-leash areas, read our dog brochure, Abbie's Guide.

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    Has any consideration been given to building a boardwalk along the water? The existing cemented bank is an eye sore. A boardwalk would both attract visitors to the area plus connect people between the ferry terminal and the rest of town.

    bcampb05 asked 3 months ago

    A continuous waterfront pathway will be built and the existing retaining wall will be removed. For a list of all improvements, please refer to the park concept design.

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    Is this revitalization plan still on track for Fall/Winter 2020? When will Phase 2 construction begin? Also, is anything known about the retail space under the Westbank development? Will there be a grocery, any restaurants, shops? Thank you.

    Nadine asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question. All updates, including scheduling updates, will be posted on the project page as the project progresses.

    For updates regarding the Westbank development, please visit http://westvancouver.ca/hsb-residences.

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    Has a landscape architect consultant been selected to refine the concept design and prepare the design development plan for the Horseshoe Bay Park? If so, when will the final plan be available for public review? Thank you Eric Fiss

    ericfiss asked 4 months ago

    The final conceptual plans, as approved by Council, are posted on the project page and can be found in the Council Report. We will post updates as the project progresses.

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    When will construction start on the Horseshoe Bay Park? How about the Streetscape? The sidewalks in Horseshoe Bay are terrible!

    Don plummer asked over 1 year ago

    Phase 1 construction (Royal Avenue to Nelson Avenue) is expected to begin in fall/winter 2020 and will take approximately 10 months to complete.

    Visit the project page for more information about the Horseshoe Bay Streetscape.

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    Why don’t we maintain our other parks instead that are in poor condition with this budget? Example: many tennis courts, washrooms at sandy cove, Caulfeild.

    Oxley asked almost 2 years ago

    The District makes the effort to maintain all parks. Each park is assessed individually based on safety, use and if the park is meeting the needs of the surrounding community. All parks reach a stage where they require more than just regular maintenance and this is when we consult with the community and look into renewing the park. In the case of Horseshoe Bay Park, Community Amenity Contributions were collected from local developments that can only be used on this specific park and not for the maintenance of other parks.

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    Hi. Is this revitalization being in any way funded by Westbank? How much of the design is ultimately to be decided on by Westbank?

    Cheryl asked about 2 years ago

    The District is receiving Community Amenity Contributions from the Westbank development for the redevelopment of the park. Westbank has no decision making authority regarding the design of the park.


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    Hi, Should the new West Bank residential and commercial condo buildings and open area as part of the design? Should the public dock is also part of the design? There are a lot of people enjoy the walk of the public pier, is the new design integrated with all these existing and new structures? Thanks

    Rick Wong asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    Yes, the new park design has taken into account the Horseshoe Bay Pier and the public realm areas of the Horseshoe Bay Residences development. It is anticipated that the park will mesh seamlessly with these areas to create a cohesively waterfront experience.