Michel Desroches, Planner for Parks and Recreation, City of Vancouver, proposes the following objectives for renovating the Pigeon park:
First objective is to preserve the features that make the park popular with the community – preserving as many trees as possible; preserve sitting/relaxing as primary activity in the park; preserve the open area in the centre of the park as a ‘living room’;
In addition, the City will replace many of the aging features in the park with new features; replacing the base surface in the park, so that it is easy to maintain and has as few trip hazards as possible; replacing the park benches, drinking fountain and lamp post. Also planned is to rebuild the elevated planter around the big tree.
A handful of features will be added to the park. These would include: a handful of “side tables” next to some of the benches, a garbage can, and a public washroom; the rail line as a historic feature and an electrical outlet to support events in the park.
He will present the Pigeon Park concept plan to the Park Board Commissioners on March 2nd so that, if approved, the renovation could proceed in the summer of 2009, which is when the Carrall Greenway (Hastings to Cordova) is scheduled for construction. The thought is that the overall level of disruption during the construction period would be minimized if the two projects were constructed simultaneously.
You can download a pdf of this proposed concept plan here.
Contact Michel Desroches if you wish to discuss the plan further. See more on the Carrall Greenway here on the City Website.