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. Before beginning work District staff would like community input about the following possibilities under consideration for this park:

Larson Creek and rearing pond

The District has been working very closely over the last few years with local stewardship groups. One key initiative has been to create a better environment for salmon. Larson Creek is a fish-bearing creek, and with improvements, it could sustain juvenile salmon all year around. The West Vancouver Streamkeepers would like to enhance this habitat by installing a rearing pond in the lower grassy area by the beach. The result could be an aesthetically and environmentally rewarding move for Larson Bay Park.

From August 8 – August 11, the trail to the beach will be closed temporarily while we construct fish passage improvements for migrating salmon and trout to Larson Creek, within Larson Bay Park. The information gained from the project will help guide future fish habitat improvement efforts in Larson Creek. The temporary access closure is to ensure public safety. 

BC Hydro upgrade to Bowen Island power connection

BC Hydro plans to upgrade the power connection to Bowen Island. In advance of construction starting on the new submarine cable, BC Hydro will be pruning, mulching vegetation and removing a small number of trees along the trail to the beach.

To ensure the safety of the public, the trail to the beach will be closed temporarily during the work period from the end of April to July 2017. More Information

Tennis court

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

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.

Washroom facility

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.

Open House

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.

Staff have received the public input and will provide a summary and next steps on this webpage in January 2017.

CONTACT

Parks Department

604-925-7130

Email

Next Steps

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.

Staff have received the public input and will provide a summary and next steps on this webpage in early 2017.

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