The designer behind New York City's High Line, a 23-block linear park in Manhattan, has been chosen to design a new waterfront park in Northeast False Creek. Iwan Baan

Designer of Manhattan’s High Line selected to build new Vancouver park

By Jeff Hodson, Metro, Published November 30 2016

The landscape architect behind Manhattan’s High Line has been selected to design a new park on False Creek, Vancouver’s Park Board announced Wednesday.

James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) has been selected to design the 21-acre Creekside Park Extension in Northeast False Creek that would be built after the removal of the viaducts.

The one-year, $875,000 contract will see the acclaimed firm renew and design an extension to the Creekside park on one of the last remaining waterfront areas in Downtown Vancouver.

JCFO was chosen from among 14 landscape architects from around the world. The group’s work includes New York City’s High Line, a linear park built along a 2.3-kilometre stretch a former elevated railway.

“This project will be a legacy to the people of Vancouver for generations to come,” said Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung in a statement on Wednesday.

“This will add vital green spaces and gathering spaces to the emerging neighbourhoods of Northeast False Creek, connecting seamlessly with the waterfront and downtown.”

James Corner, founder of JCFO was in Vancouver Wednesday to tour the area and present before park board commissioners.

“Our design will weave layers of history, community and ecology into a rich fabric that will be unique to Northeast False Creek,” said Corner, whose firm has also been selected to lead Seattle’s Central Waterfront project to rebuild that city’s waterfront after the removal of the Alaska Way viaduct.

Last October, Vancouver’s city council approved an estimated $200-million plan to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts beginning in 2018. City staff are expected to unveil their plan in the spring of 2017.

JCFO is partnering with local landscape architect PWL Partnership on the project. PWL designed Hinge Park in Southeast False Creek.

Designer of High Line selected to build new Vancouver park