City of North Vancouver is inviting the community to a second open house as it plans improvements to Hamersley Park.
Citizens can learn more about the park improvement project and provide feedback on proposed concept plans that will help shape the final plans for the park.
The second Open House will take place on Thursday, September 26, from 4:30 pm to: 7:30 at the 1st street entrance to Hamersley Park.
The city first held an open house in June 2019 to gather preliminary feedback on how the park is used and what citizens wanted in the new park. According to that survey, climbing areas in the park, water and sand play, rope climbing features, embankment slides, planted play areas and small gathering spaces were given top priority by residents.
Upgrades lighting, social seating, and table for play were other priorities listed by the residents. Locals also want the city to take measures to reduce soil compaction, plant trampling and vandalism. Also desired are more street trees on 1st Street and an increase in native planting.
Here is some of the feedback CNV received from their first open house.
“Bring back the chess pieces for the board on the SE corner, no more pink/yellow/orange furniture…Please find some new colours for the neighbourhood… Play area for all ages would be good… Miss the pond where ducks and crane used to live…Please trim the height of the trees so that the buildings get a better view of the water. The park feels overgrown and dark. It would be more pleasant if it was opened up some.”
Locals also want the city to address loitering and vandalism in the park, and provide better security.
Hamersley is a neighbourhood scale park (.488 ha) located on the East 300 block between 1st and 2nd Street, located south of Emerald Park and the historic Hamersley House. In addition to pedestrian facilities, Hamersley Park includes a small, compact play area with a climber and slide. Mature trees along the park edges, dense understory, and significant changes in grade define the character of the park.