Repairs to Lynn Headwaters access road

Council has approved funding to repair the access road leading to Metro Vancouver's Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, which has been closed to vehicles since December, 2016.

Design work is completed, and work is scheduled to begin on July 31, 2017, and be completed by mid-September, 2017.

September 19, 2017 construction update — Road remains closed to all users

This week, we are planning to complete the final paving and install guardrails along the road. The access road will remain closed to vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians while this work is being done.

Please note that the paving work is weather dependent, and may need to be rescheduled if wet weather persists.

If you wish to access Lynn Headwaters Regional Park on foot, please use Varley Trail. If you wish to drive to the park, parking is available at the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. 

We expect to have the work completed and the road re-opened to everyone by mid-September.

Parking in the neighbourhood

We introduced temporary, time-limited parking on some local streets when we closed the access road. Those closures will remain in place for the time being. Regained access to the 175 parking spots in the park will alleviate a significant amount of the parking pressures in the area, but will not resolve them completely. 

We continue to work with Metro Vancouver on a comprehensive Park Access and Parking Strategy, and will make a full report available this fall, which will detail potential solutions.

Map of parking restrictions

About the access road and closure

The access road, which cuts through steep slopes, is deteriorating and at risk of landslide (though there are no homes below the section that is most at risk). Regular maintenance is no longer enough to keep the road safe. Major mitigation work will be necessary to stabilize the slope below the road. 

In the interest of public safety, we closed the road leading to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and its two parking lots on December 1, 2016. The road has been closed to vehicles since then, though it has remained open to hikers and cyclists.