Inter River Park survey results and next steps

Between June 21 and July 12, 2017, we asked residents to share their views on two options for artificial turf in Inter River Park: one field or two fields.

We received 1,288 valid responses from both the immediate neighbourhood and wider community during the consultation.

It is now time for Council to decide on the future of turf fields in Inter River Park.

​How a decision will be made

While we received significant feedback from the public — which is of course important information to consider —  public input is one of several factors that will be evaluated in making this decision.

Council will also weigh technical considerations, lifecycle costs, outcomes of the first public information session (held August 31, 2016), stakeholder feedback, benefits of increasing the sports field inventory in North Vancouver, and recommendations from staff. 

When a decision will be made

Staff presented the findings of their public engagement work and technical studies to Council at their workshop on Tuesday, November 14, and we expect a decision to follow.

What we heard: Citizen feedback

We asked residents about how they use the park now, how they get to the park, and whether they preferred one or two fields. These graphs detail all responses, and compare the answers from those respondents who live immediately next to the park, with those who live in the wider community. 

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Major themes emerging from the comments

Advantages of additional artificial turf fields and a fieldhouse

  • ​Meet current and future demand for practices and games in rainy and snowy weather, and at convenient times to keep kids interested, attract more players, and stay competitive
  • Health and social benefits of active living, team sports and life skill development for all ages at a reasonable price
  • Ability to host tournaments and events with economic benefit to District. Good location with an existing tournament facility, centrally located in North Vancouver, and easy access Highway 1
  • Clubhouse provides a home for the North Vancouver Football Club, with possibility to purchase and consume food and drinks, and stay dry watching games and practices
  • Accommodate other sports (e.g. baseball , field hockey, football); health concerns of crumb rubber 

Concerns with loss of park space and forest removal

  • Well used by the community, local school and families (all ages, abilities and incomes) throughout the seasons for informal, natural, imaginative and physical, play; walking, running, biking; environmental education, nature appreciation, relaxation
  • Rare floodplain forest (trees, shrubs and wildflowers) provides shade, improves air quality, reduces carbon footprint; provides habitat for animals, amphibians, birds
  • Provides visual and sound buffer between Digger Park / adjacent residents and sporting events in Inter River Park, highway and new towers. So much forest has already been lost for fire training centre, highway and road expansion, new developments, etc.

Concerns with ATF fields

  • Environmental and health impacts
  • Additional vehicle traffic
  • Increased noise and light pollution
  • Loss of ‘natural’ grass field for informal use;
  • Build ATF field in a location that’s already disturbed (e.g. school sites for maximum use)
  • Spread ATF fields out throughout District

Other things to consider: Technical and feasibility study

Feasibility study

The Feasibility Study and Conceptual Design Report examines options for construction of a new, lit synthetic field facility at Inter River Park that includes an access road, pathways, parking, and environmental remediation work.

Environment

With a large part of the site comprised of decommissioned municipal solid waste landfill, the park is recovering from past land use and has potential for improvement. The remaining areas are forested, with a network of trails used by the public.

Trees

The tree assessment studied the overall condition of the forested areas, as well as numbers, species, and condition of the trees to be removed. The total number of trees surveyed in the 4.5 ha block was 361.

Geotechnical considerations

The geotechnical study examined the extent to which settling would occur in the field options presented.

Traffic and parking

Impacts to traffic and parking requirements were also studied, including recommendations to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicular traffic to the park.

Construction costs

Preliminary cost estimates for each of the field options were provided in the report.