District of West Vancouver plans to do a comprehensive and thorough examination of park safety after a tragic drowning incident claimed the life of West Vancouver resident Keen Lau and his dog Loki at Cypress Falls creek.
“Our goal is to review all current safety measures and identify any potential areas for improvement and implement measures that can mitigate potential risks,” said Natalie Roizman, a District of West Vancouver Community Relations Liasion. She was responding to a letter from a resident who suggested safety enhancements at the park.
Roizman said the review won’t be limited to just Cypress Park Falls where the tragic accident occurred, but will extend to all parks throughout the District. She said the District currently has $235,000 in budget to replace the Cypress Falls bridge, which will be fabricated this year and installed in 2024.
“It is important to note that our parks encompass expansive wilderness areas, which are known to have natural hazards. We strive to maintain a balance between preserving the natural beauty of these spaces and ensuring public safety,” Roizman added.
At a council meeting on May 29, the West Vancouver council voted to name a fitness park after Keen Lau. “The new fitness circuit-style park will be located in Ambleside Park, just east of the Peter Sullivan Skatepark. It will be built on the former location of an old District storage building, which has recently been demolished to make room for the new fitness park,” Roizman said.
The British Properties Homeowners Association has raised $47,399, which it plans to donate to commemorating the life of Keen and Loki, who passed away in Cypress Park accident. West Vancouver Mark Sager also wrote a heart-felt tribute to Keen Lau, remembering him as a truly exceptional individual committed to community.