Reimagine Your Park

McAuley Park

Reimagine Your Park

Engaging and activating orphaned greenspaces in Vancouver.

School:

SFU

City of Vancouver Partners:

  • Andrew Pask
  • Matthew Holm
  • Sarah Orchard

Student Team:

  • Gian Paolo Mendoza | SFU
  • Alexandra "Zanny" Venner | UBC
  • Aateka Shashank | SFU
  • Marla Liguori | SFU

Strategy:

  • Greenest City Action Plan

City goal area(s):

  • Access to Nature
  • Green Transportation

Summary

The Reimagine Your Park Project is engaging with ‘orphaned greenspace’ within the City of Vancouver by piloting a revitalization at McAuley Park on April 6th. Orphaned greenspaces are small parcels of underutilized open space such as parks, street medians and streetscapes. The purpose of this project is to inspire and expand people’s perceptions of the use of small-scale green space.

Our project manifests itself in the Mount Pleasant community at the intersection of Kingsway and Fraser at McAuley Park. The revitalization involves the installation of temporary and amenable park features, including sculptural seating, a central gathering space, and Vancouver’s very first public piano.

Doing so our project successfully supports the 2020 Greenest City Action Plan by addressing the Access to Nature goal and the Green Transportation goal by creating a new vibrant neighborhood-scale public green space.

To help us ‘reimagine’ McAuley Park we have worked with the 13 businesses on the 15th Avenue commercial strip and the Dickens Community Group, who tend to the McAuley Park community garden. Our main contact has been Andrew Pask, a community planner. However, to help us put our project on the ground we have worked with Matthew Holm and Sarah Orchard, key staff members from the Streets and Engineering Departments at City of Vancouver.

Reimagine Your Park
Reimagine Your Park

Current and NN

The sculptural seating, central gathering space and temporary public piano were installed and showcased on April 6th during the celebration event from 11am to 1pm. The landscape plans will be handed over to Matthew Holm from the Streets Department at the City of Vancouver to further the discussion regarding accessibility of the park space at McAuley.

Furthermore, while the piano stayed at McAuley for the celebrations on April 6th, it is currently the center of discussion while the team looks for ways of bringing back the piano to McAuley Park in a semi-permanent manner. The team will consider weatherproofing the piano, painting it with the community and partnering with more community initiatives to maintain and grow the public piano component.

Our stewardship component involves partnering with local businesses to take care of small maintenance tasks for the seating; namely the cleaning and care of the seating. However, the seating was designed in a way that requires minimal maintenance.