Edmonds Park to get $1.4M in improvements

With the new Edmonds Community Centre months away from completion, Burnaby council has approved $1.4 million to redevelop a park to go with it.

Edmonds Park—known as Richmond Park until the city renamed it a few months ago—is located right behind the centre. The redevelopment will comprise two zones, dubbed the "heart" and the "great lawn," said a city staff report.

The heart will accommodate the most heavily used and largest amenities, including a large plaza next to the centre with seating and public art.

This zone will also include a "large, district level playground," which will be the centrepiece of the grassy half of the heart. A spray park will also be located there, close to the playground and the washroom-changeroom facility.

An outdoor gathering and performance space is also planned for an area next to the playground and spray park, with power service to allow for temporary stage facilities during special events. A new paved path system, lined with benches, lighting and drinking fountains, will provide more walking circuits and connections to adjacent streets.

The great lawn section will be defined by a wide semi-circular path connecting the park to two points on Elwell Street and will allow for "more passive uses" such as bocce, mini soccer and pickup games, the report said. The northern edge will be home to a double tennis court, multi-use court and half basketball court.

"The highest quality mature trees will be preserved. In addition, new trees will be planted throughout the park along the pathways and adjacent street edges."

The first phase of construction started last year along Elwell with installation of the path around the great lawn, tennis courts and multi-play sports court.

The $1.4-million ($1.25 million plus HST) in work this year will include removal of the lacrosse box, and installation of underground services such as water, power and drainage. Regrading, pathways, the playground and spraypark will be installed in phases. The timing of future phases will depend on coordination with construction of the new community centre and plaza.

The new community centre is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

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