John Lawson Park Playground Upgrade

John Lawson Park’s destination playground has been nationally recognized with an award for excellence in landscape design. The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) awarded the playground with Regional Merit in the CSLA’s 2014 awards program. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the District of West Vancouver, the federal government and the Planning For Play Idea Group, this iconic park will continue to be enjoyed by many for years to come. 

More information on this award: 
Media release

Project Funding

The District’s combined budget for the playground and water play area was $800,000, including community contributions of $169,000 and a contribution of $244,200 provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada, a department of the Government of Canada.


John Lawson Park is one of West Vancouver’s most-loved parks. Located at the base of 17th Street on the shore of Burrard Inlet, it offers a variety of amenities for families. The new playground is a safe, stimulating and fun play space for all ages which complements and enhances the existing park character and setting.

Based on feedback gathered during public consultation in August 2012, the new playground blends natural elements that are representative of the setting together with pre-manufactured and custom equipment and include spaces that are informal and naturalistic to stimulate high quality free play and discovery learning. Spaces are accessible to all, inspired by nature, provide naturally inspired education opportunities and have creative and unique design concepts specific to the project.

Design Concept
The playground’s design is based on feedback from public consultation in August 2012, and input from the John Lawson Park Planning for Play Idea Group that was created for this project. The resulting concept is inspired by nature and the park’s waterfront location, including a water play area, modern playground equipment and walkways in-and-around the playground.

Playground Design Drawing

More about the park

Want to find out more about this great park?

John Lawson Park page


Please contact the Parks Department with any questions about this project.