Why the Grandview Park upgrade seems to be at a standstill . . . and why it’s not

Commercial Drive residents, who naturally cherish Grandview Park, are increasingly frustrated by the slow pace of the major upgrade now under way. It could be months before the work is complete.

Last week, a Commercial Drive resident contacted Park Board chair Aaron Jasper, as well as several councillors, to threaten a peaceful protest if the work didn’t get done immediately.

Here’s Jasper’s prompt reply:

We understand that the schedule delay for the completion of Grandview Park is frustrating for residents.

This delay is due primarily to the heavy rains over the winter and spring: working saturated soils is not possible when completing the drainage and soil structure necessary to support the heavy use of this popular park and healthy lawn growth.

There has been no delay claim to date from the contractor and no additional cost to the tax payer, since delays like this, caused by weather, are to be expected for this type of weather dependent construction. The equipment is owned by the contractor and the contract is a fixed price based on required scope of work, so there is no additional cost incurred by tax payers.

Overall, the park is 75% complete at this time.

Elements completed or near completion:
1. Multi-use sport court
2. Underground services (Hydro, water, sewer, drainage, electrical, irrigation)
3. Washroom and park attendant building
4. Playground equipment

Work still to be done:
1. Lawns and landscaping
2. Water spray park
3. Pathways
4. Benches and picnic tables

As we had committed to the community, staff and the contractor are working very hard to provide a phased opening of the park as its various components are completed – the sport court is opening on May 14th at 11 a.m. with a bike polo demonstration, the Cenotaph Plaza along Commercial Drive is opening in June, and the playground and field house is opening in July. We will host a grand opening for the entire park this summer.

If you need more information please call Tiina Mack, Manager of Park Development at 604-257-8471 . She would be happy to arrange a site tour with you to review the project process if you are interested.

Project updates are also available on the Park Board website at:

http://vancouver.ca/parks/info/planning/grandviewpark/index.htm

Thank you very much for your patience and for your concerns about Grandview Park.

Sincerely,

Aaron Jasper
Chair, Vancouver Park Board