May 6 2021 –
The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is making safety improvements to Kitsilano Beach Park by installing a temporary separated bike path through the south parking lot at the corner of Arbutus Street and Cornwall Avenue, and upgrading the diagonal dirt path near Balsam Street.
The safety improvements will be completed the week of May 10. The move is expected to reduce conflict in the south parking lot, which is busy with people walking, rolling, cycling, and driving. These temporary changes are expected to be in place for about two years until a fully separated cycling path connecting Ogden Avenue to Balsam Street is identified through public engagement and approved by the Park Board.
Staff expect to provide recommendations to the Board on an alignment for a fully separated bike path through and adjacent to Kitsilano Beach Park in early 2022.
In order to create the temporary bike path, about 50 parking stalls immediately south of the tennis courts will be temporarily repurposed as a bike path leaving about 200 parking stalls in the south lot.
Kitsilano Beach Park has not been the focus of any comprehensive master planning or renewal for decades. The significant and growing amount of park use warrants a fulsome review and plan. To that end, it is anticipated that a comprehensive master plan will be undertaken in the next five years, pending the outcomes of Board decisions made through the capital planning process.
KPRA has been and will continue to be an active participant with the Park Board as these plans and options evolve.
These initiatives and the start of construction on the Sen̓áḵw Development as soon as this fall will put extreme pressure on the streets in Kits Point, issues that are under the control of the City of Vancouver. We will be engaging with the COV to determine what mitigating measures they have considered for the short-term, and ultimately a longer-term neighbourhood plan.
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