The City of North Vancouver is helping build a livable region by providing places and events where neighbours can connect outdoors as the community vision for the waterfront takes shape. Public features are under construction, and designs are in progress for restaurants, a hotel, art gallery and shops.
At North Vancouver City Hall, Mayor Darrell Mussatto recalls when they began the project a decade ago. “We said, what are we going to do with all these surface parking lots and old industrial areas no longer needed for heavy industry? So we embarked on a plan to make it a gathering place for our residents, families old and young, at any time during the year.” He adds the waterfront attraction will be easily accessible by transit, bike, car, or on foot.
Known as ‘Lot Five’, the site directly adjacent to the pier will host a large event space, underground parking, a summer water play park with a retractable roof, and a 12,000 square foot public outdoor skating rink in winter. The rink will be cooled by the City’s Lonsdale Energy Corporation, which draws on sustainable fuels such as solar, waste building heat and ground sources.
One feature already in use is the ‘Megabench,’ a 48-metre bench built of local cedar that gradually rises and dips along its length. “You can sit, hang out on it; have your coffee there. It takes advantage of the views to Vancouver, Stanley Park and waterfront,” said Heather Reinhold, a planner with the City of North Vancouver.
“We are happy to be that destination where people come and spend some money and go by SeaBus or public transit or driving. It feels like a win-win even though we haven’t had any direct funding from other municipalities,” said Mayor Mussatto. The public waterfront is expected to open in 2018.
For more information, visit the Shipyards – Lot 5 Development.
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