Larson Bay Park vision planning
Residents cherish their waterfront parks and protecting and providing appropriate amenities and access to these parks was an important element in the Parks Master Plan.
Larson Bay Park is one of a series of small but significant waterfront parks in West Vancouver. This park has been identified by the District for some improvements in 2017 and 2018. District staff welcome community input about the following completed works and possibilities under consideration for this park:
LARSON CREEK ESTUARY ENHANCEMENT
The Larson Creek Estuary Enhancement Project was completed in August 2017. The modified creek estuary is expected to benefit migrating salmon and trout in Larson Creek, within Larson Bay Park. Spawning surveys conducted by the West Vancouver Stream Keeper Society in the fall will help to guide possible future fish habitat improvement efforts in Larson Creek.
BC HYDRO UPGRADE TO BOWEN ISLAND POWER CONNECTION
BC Hydro has completed their upgrade and power connection work to Bowen Island within Larson Bay Park. The District of West Vancouver is working closely with BC Hydro to complete site restoration activities within Larson Bay Park.
The tennis court is deteriorating and is not functioning properly as a tennis court. It would take significant capital funding to bring it up to a usable state. The District would like to consider alternatives and opportunities for the tennis court.
Invasive plants are extensive throughout the park. Several invasive plants on West Vancouver’s Invasive Plant Target List are having an impact in Larson Bay Park. Over the next few years, District staff will address the Japanese Knotweed. We are seeking community support in addressing the other invasive plants such as laurel, ivy, blackberry and periwinkle.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TRAILS
Trails are an important amenity in this park. As we plan for potential improvements, your input about layout and usage is important.
This washroom building is limited in size and is in fair to poor condition. Due to its low use and proximity to other District washroom facilities, the District is considering removing the outhouse and returning the area to grass.
An open house was held on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Gleneagles Clubhouse, to invite suggestions and ideas from the public about the future of Larson Bay Park.
Thank you to those who contributed ideas and feedback at the open house and online.