The preferred design for a new 0.8 acre park for Richards and Smithe was unveiled at two recent Open Houses. Planning for this park has been in full gear since March of 2015. The site was acquired in 1997 and it is currently used by the Vancouver Parking Authority (EasyPark).
The preferred design incorporates an elevated walkway and makes use of the 5 metre difference in grade from one end of the site to the other. A large lower plaza is included that can be used for staged events or farmers’ markets; it will also double as a water feature. The proposal also includes a small coffee bar or food kiosk, a play area, sitting spaces, and rainwater management features.
The design may have taken a little inspiration from Barcelona’s Parc del Clot. Note the elevated walkway and framing:
The park concept plan is reproduced below (the full details can be found on the Open House information panels):
Here’s an example of a water feature beside the Barcelona Sants railway station (Plaça dels Paisos Catalans):
Source: lemanoiralexandra.files.wordpress.com (photo on left)
Water feature as illustrated in Richards and Smithe Park preferred concept plan: