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City of Vancouver exploring big redesign of English Bay and Sunset beaches

By Kenneth Chan for Daily Hive

Growing population, increased public space usage, and aging facilities have prompted the City of Vancouver to launch a master planning process for English Bay Beach and Sunset Beach in downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood.

The municipal government is seeking a design contractor to lead the creation of a new master plan for waterfront area in English Bay spanning about 95 acres, which includes English Bay Park, Sunset Beach Park, Mortan Park, Alexandra Park, and the roadways of Beach Avenue, Pacific Boulevard, and the foot of Davie Street.

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The master plan could lead to major changes and improvements implemented over the longer term, spanning the upcoming two capital plans ending in 2026 and through 2050. It will require public consultation and approvals from both the Park Board and City Council.

This area is, of course, one of Vancouver’s most iconic and popular locations for both local residents and tourists.

Based on estimates created in 2018, fuelled by the city’s 2013-approved West End Community Plan, the population of the West End is expected to grow by up to 15,000 by 2028 and 18,000 by 2041 — a 40% increase over the existing population number. By 2041, Vancouver’s city proper population will also grow to 765,000 from 650,000 today.

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