Plan for Trails on Public Land

Update May 1, 2017

 A Trails Plan Discussion Paper is now available for public review and comment.  The Discussion Paper summarizes the status & issues relating to District trails and public feedback to date, and provides suggested recommendations. 

The Discussion Paper will be used to draft the Plan for Trails on Public Land over the next few months.

Discussion Paper

Creating a Trails Plan

Do you hike or bird watch?  Do you like to visit old growth trees?  Do you walk your dog or ride your bike?

The District is consulting with the community about trails on public land and using this feedback as the basis for the completion of a Trails Plan in 2017.

West Vancouver has over 135 km of trails on public land in the Upper Lands and in parks, as well as small trails connecting neighbourhoods.  Many users access these trails in a number of different ways.

Two District working groups have provided remarks and recommendations for a Trails Plan: the Parks Master Plan Working Group and the Upper Lands Working Group. In 2016, the District is consulting with the community about trails on public land and using this feedback as the basis for the completion of a Trails Plan in 2017.

A Trails Plan will help articulate why trails and trail opportunities are important to residents of West Vancouver; and provide best practices for trail development, use, management, and maintenance.  The plan will respect the needs of different users and strike a balance between the various and increasing demands put on our trail system. 

The Trails Plan will consider:

  • public Upper Lands trails on public land
  • trails below the highway that connect neighbourhoods and enhance walkability of our community
  • trails in larger parks like Cypress Falls, Whytecliff and Klootchman parks
  • not included are trails on private land in Upper Lands

Early feedback and discussions with trail users over the years show that the following topics are important:

  • environmental concerns
  • wayfinding and signage
  • maintenance and upkeep
  • volunteer involvement
  • increasing use
  • managing new uses
Information Sessions

Information Sessions took place May 2, 10, 11 and 16. Thank you to everyone that joined us to share their input on guiding statements and recommendations to be incorporated into a Plan for Trails on Public Land

Display Boards

View the below boards which will be on display at each information session:

Board 1 | Managing and maintaining District trails

Board 2 | Trail usage: increasing, evolving, mixed

Board 3 | Managing environmental impacts on trails

Board 4 | Insufficient amenities

Board 5 | Lack of connectivity and land ownership

Next Steps

Where we are in the process:

What's next

Drafting a plan for trails

After we collect your input on guiding statements and recommendations, we will incorporate that into a Draft Plan for trails on Public Land.

The draft plan will be brought forward for community discussion in autumn this year.

Contact

Parks Department

604-925-7275

Email

Information Sessions

Information Sessions took place May 2, 10, 11 and 16. Thank you to everyone that joined us to share their input on guiding statements and recommendations to be incorporated into a Plan for Trails on Public Land

Display Boards

View the below boards which will be on display at each information session:

Board 1 | Managing and maintaining District trails

Board 2 | Trail usage: increasing, evolving, mixed

Board 3 | Managing environmental impacts on trails

Board 4 | Insufficient amenities

Board 5 | Lack of connectivity and land ownership

Survey closed on May 31

Thank you to everyone that filled out a survey. 

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