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Lynn Canyon Park safety improvements
We are making significant safety improvements to the entrance areas of Lynn Canyon Park.
High volume traffic is causing safety concerns, as the original roadways and areas built in the 1960's are not designed to accommodate the level and frequency of current use.
Attracting more than one million visitors annually, Lynn Canyon Park is one of our most popular destinations.
News and updates
February - June 2020 — Staircase replacement
Starting February 18, we're replacing the staircase to Twin Falls. To allow for construction, we'll be closing the west side access trail to Twin Falls bridge.
Pedestrian access to the bridge will be restricted at this time. We anticipate work will be completed by June 2020.
February 10 - 13, 2020 — Storm interceptor installation
We're performing utility work to improve water drainage at Lynn Canyon. During this time, the park will be closed to vehicles.
Staff will be onsite to re-direct pedestrians to access the park through the Robinson Rd cul-de-sac to the trail that runs past the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre.
January 20 - 24, 2020 — Culvert replacement
Lynn Canyon park is closed for utility work, as the culvert across the access road is being replaced.
November 19, 2019 - February 15, 2020 — Suspension bridge structural upgrades
Starting November 19, we closed the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge for maintenance and to replace the decking.
During the construction period, the suspension bridge was fully closed and alternate pedestrian routes made available.
November 11, 2019 — Construction begins
The first phase of construction is starting in the upper parking lot. During this time, you'll be able to park in the lower or east parking lots.
September 30, 2019 — Council workshop
Council directed staff to proceed with awarding the project contract to move forward with construction.
About the project
To address significant safety issues for pedestrians and traffic, relieve congestion, and help traffic flow, a number of improvements are planned.
- Creating a pedestrian-only area between the Ecology Centre and café
- Adding accessible parking stalls and repaving internal roads
- Eliminating blind spots by improving sight lines for vehicles
- Making accessible pathways into and throughout parking areas
- Signage for traffic and way-finding
- Stormwater infiltration to improve water drainage
Better road access
- Creating safer drop off zones for buses and groups visiting the Ecology Centre
- Improving entry area and circulation for vehicles and access for first responders
- Formalizing upper parking lot design to maximize space allotted for parking
Construction will begin mid November 2019 and continue until Spring 2020.
To enable construction of the safety and road access improvements, 52 trees will be removed and replanted at a 4:1 ratio.
Logs salvaged from the tree removal process will be used by our environment and parks staff to:
- improve habitat for native fish living in local streams by increasing food sources and providing shelter
- provide nutrient-rich foundations for new plants to grow from, while also providing shelter for small mammals and amphibians
As part of our restoration plan, 210 trees will be planted over eight different areas at Lynn Canyon as shown in the map below.
The tree species that we'll be planting include:
|Coastal Douglas-fir||Pacific Yew||Sitka Spruce|
|Western Redcedar||Western White Pine||Beaked Hazelnut|
|Black Cottonwood||Bigleaf Maple||Bitter Cherry|
|Oceanspray||Pacific Crabapple||Pacific Flowering Dogwood|
|Red Alder||Sitka Mountain Ash||Vine Maple|
Map of tree planting areas
Visitor counts to the park can peak at upwards of 2,500 vehicles per day during the summer season.
Public safety for pedestrians and vehicles has become a key concern, as the original roadways and parking areas are not designed to accommodate this level and intensity of current use.
The District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services also receive many rescue calls to Lynn Canyon Park each year, making it crucial that the parking lot provide quick and easy access for emergency responders and large rescue vehicles.
Documents and related web content
How this project was prioritized
Our Lynn Canyon Park Management and Parks and Open Space Strategic Plans, both identify the need to improve safety, vehicle parking, circulation, and pedestrian access in the central area of Lynn Canyon Park off the main access point at Peters Road.