City of North Vancouver plans to convert a shipping container into a covered parklet for use in Central Lonsdale area as part of its Open Streets Plan.
At a council meeting today, staff is seeking approval from the council for the project. The total cost for the conversion is $35,000.
It was in August last year that the City secured a 40-feet shipping container for the potential future use as a 2020 PLAY parklet project.
The container was purchased for $200 and has been temporarily stored in the Harry Jerome Centennial Theatre parking lot.
The first phase of this program will focus on Central Lonsdale corridor and the shipping container is proposed to be used to support the Open Streets Action Plan on Lonsdale Ave.
The shipping container parklet will be an ‘iconic signature parklet’ and will include lighting and a roof, making the space more usable during both dark, rainy and sunny, hot days.
Parklets will be placed in curb side parking zones in locations near businesses that are not able to expand into the public realm due to sidewalk restrictions such as proximity to intersections and food vendors that offer take-way options.
Parklets will provide areas where customers can enjoy their take-out food and beverages and will not be assigned to any one business, according to a staff report.
CNV said it plans to consult with area business before installing the parklets.
In a recently published column, former council candidate Ken Izatt argued that the Open Street policy will only limit parking, create congestion and will harm local businesses.