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. 

Project details

About the project

To address significant safety issues for pedestrians and traffic, relieve congestion, and help traffic flow, a number of improvements are planned.

Safety improvements

  • 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

Timeline

Construction will begin mid November 2019 and continue until Spring 2020.

Impacts

Project impacts

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

View the arborist report

Tree planting

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

Background

Safety concerns

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.

District of North Vancouver Parks and Open Space Strategic Plan

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