Kings Mill Walk Park Master Plan

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This spring, we reached out to the community with a draft design concept, vision, and guiding principles for Kings Mill Walk Park. Kings Mill Walk Park is a waterfront park located adjacent to the Harbourside Development in the southwestern section of the City. Improvements to the park are required as part of the Harbourside Development, and our design goal is to create a space that serves both current and future residents.


What We Heard

During the spring engagement, we heard from many community members, received input on the proposed design concept, and learned what’s most important to you. After reviewing all the feedback received, we've revised the proposed design concept for Kings Mill Walk to better meet the needs of the community,

Based off of what we heard during the spring, we've identified four re-occurring questions that the community asked. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more and view our answers.


Revised Design

In response to community and stakeholder feedback, we've:

  • More than doubled the proposed off-leash dog area from 750 square metres to 1,600 square metres.
  • Updated the All Ages Play Zone with parkour and adult fitness stations.
  • Relocated the washroom facilities to a central location between the off-leash and play area.
  • Planted buffer and more space between off-leash and play area.
  • Added a lawn area at the top of the bank and covered picnic shelters.
  • Added a volleyball court on the west side of the park.

The revised concept design and renderings are shown below. We’ve also summarized feedback from Phase 1 into five main themes. Under each theme, we’ve identified what we heard from you, and how that feedback has been reflected in the design revisions.

We welcome you to participate in our survey and share your comments in our community forum.



What We Heard:

  • Balance habitat enhancement with other park activities (e.g. walking opportunities, passive open space, places to sit, picnic).
  • Maximize useable park space for the existing park users and the new residents that will be moving to this area.
  • Enhance access to the water.


How We're Responding:

  • Creating clearly defined habitat protected zones, access points, and people zones.
  • Providing compatible park activities adjacent to habitat areas.
  • Ensuring new plants and trees will be added to provide shelter and food for birds and animals.
  • The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages the water directly in front of the park, which is not intended for public access. Learn more in our questions about shore and water.

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What We Heard:

  • We like that the existing dog area has accessible paths, fencing, seating, and access to water.
  • Incorporate nature into the off-leash dog area.
  • The proposed off-leash dog area is too small.
  • Create additional off-leash areas in other locations in the City.


How We're Responding:

  • Increasing the proposed size of the off-leash dog area to more than double, from 750 square metres to 1,600 square metres.
  • Creating separated fenced spaces for shy/small dogs.
  • Providing amenities to improve the experience and enjoyment of the off-leash area.
  • Providing accessible and flat paved walking paths.
  • Adding more trees and buffers to create a natural feeling space.
  • Commencing a City of North Vancouver Dog Strategy later this year.

Give your feedback on the proposed off-leash dog area amenities.

View of off-leash dog area and viewing deck.


What We Heard:

  • Space is needed for benches, picnic tables, and lawn.
  • People enjoy parking along Harbourside Place.
  • Too many activities included in the plan - flexible space is important.


How We're Responding:

  • Adding covered seating and park picnic shelters.
  • Creating lawn areas at the top of the bank.
  • Providing a temporary parking lot near the proposed off-leash dog area. In the future, parking for park visitors will be available along Harbourside Place, and underground within the Harbourside Development.
View of beach volleyball court, intertidal wetlands and the Spirit Trail pedestrian path.

What We Heard:

  • Create more space dedicated to active use, including for adults.
  • Concern over removal of volleyball courts.
  • Separate the children's play area from the off-leash dog area.
  • Washrooms are essential and must be accessible.
  • Integrate nature into the plaza area.


How We're Responding:

  • Integrating one volleyball court into the west side of the park.
  • Adding fitness equipment and parkour to create an 'All Ages Play Zone'.
  • Increasing the buffer between the children's play area and the off-leash dog area by using plants, pathways, and the washroom building.

Give your feedback on the proposed park amenities.

View of the All Ages Activity Zone, including a children's playground, parkour course, and all ages fitness station.

What We Heard:

  • Keep trails inclusive and accessible.
  • Existing trails and paths are congested.
  • Support for separating cyclists from pedestrians for safety.


How We're Responding:

  • Ensuring all trails and pathways are accessible.
  • Implementing speed control and way-finding measures on East and West ends of the site to reduce conflict and congestion on the Spirit Trail.
  • Permitting on-leash dogs throughout the park. This includes the accessible pathways and lawn areas.
  • Creating a separated bike lane on Harbourside Drive.
  • Separating cyclists from pedestrians on all pathways along the busy shoreline.

This spring, we reached out to the community with a draft design concept, vision, and guiding principles for Kings Mill Walk Park. Kings Mill Walk Park is a waterfront park located adjacent to the Harbourside Development in the southwestern section of the City. Improvements to the park are required as part of the Harbourside Development, and our design goal is to create a space that serves both current and future residents.


What We Heard

During the spring engagement, we heard from many community members, received input on the proposed design concept, and learned what’s most important to you. After reviewing all the feedback received, we've revised the proposed design concept for Kings Mill Walk to better meet the needs of the community,

Based off of what we heard during the spring, we've identified four re-occurring questions that the community asked. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more and view our answers.


Revised Design

In response to community and stakeholder feedback, we've:

  • More than doubled the proposed off-leash dog area from 750 square metres to 1,600 square metres.
  • Updated the All Ages Play Zone with parkour and adult fitness stations.
  • Relocated the washroom facilities to a central location between the off-leash and play area.
  • Planted buffer and more space between off-leash and play area.
  • Added a lawn area at the top of the bank and covered picnic shelters.
  • Added a volleyball court on the west side of the park.

The revised concept design and renderings are shown below. We’ve also summarized feedback from Phase 1 into five main themes. Under each theme, we’ve identified what we heard from you, and how that feedback has been reflected in the design revisions.

We welcome you to participate in our survey and share your comments in our community forum.



What We Heard:

  • Balance habitat enhancement with other park activities (e.g. walking opportunities, passive open space, places to sit, picnic).
  • Maximize useable park space for the existing park users and the new residents that will be moving to this area.
  • Enhance access to the water.


How We're Responding:

  • Creating clearly defined habitat protected zones, access points, and people zones.
  • Providing compatible park activities adjacent to habitat areas.
  • Ensuring new plants and trees will be added to provide shelter and food for birds and animals.
  • The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages the water directly in front of the park, which is not intended for public access. Learn more in our questions about shore and water.

click to view larger


What We Heard:

  • We like that the existing dog area has accessible paths, fencing, seating, and access to water.
  • Incorporate nature into the off-leash dog area.
  • The proposed off-leash dog area is too small.
  • Create additional off-leash areas in other locations in the City.


How We're Responding:

  • Increasing the proposed size of the off-leash dog area to more than double, from 750 square metres to 1,600 square metres.
  • Creating separated fenced spaces for shy/small dogs.
  • Providing amenities to improve the experience and enjoyment of the off-leash area.
  • Providing accessible and flat paved walking paths.
  • Adding more trees and buffers to create a natural feeling space.
  • Commencing a City of North Vancouver Dog Strategy later this year.

Give your feedback on the proposed off-leash dog area amenities.

View of off-leash dog area and viewing deck.


What We Heard:

  • Space is needed for benches, picnic tables, and lawn.
  • People enjoy parking along Harbourside Place.
  • Too many activities included in the plan - flexible space is important.


How We're Responding:

  • Adding covered seating and park picnic shelters.
  • Creating lawn areas at the top of the bank.
  • Providing a temporary parking lot near the proposed off-leash dog area. In the future, parking for park visitors will be available along Harbourside Place, and underground within the Harbourside Development.
View of beach volleyball court, intertidal wetlands and the Spirit Trail pedestrian path.

What We Heard:

  • Create more space dedicated to active use, including for adults.
  • Concern over removal of volleyball courts.
  • Separate the children's play area from the off-leash dog area.
  • Washrooms are essential and must be accessible.
  • Integrate nature into the plaza area.


How We're Responding:

  • Integrating one volleyball court into the west side of the park.
  • Adding fitness equipment and parkour to create an 'All Ages Play Zone'.
  • Increasing the buffer between the children's play area and the off-leash dog area by using plants, pathways, and the washroom building.

Give your feedback on the proposed park amenities.

View of the All Ages Activity Zone, including a children's playground, parkour course, and all ages fitness station.

What We Heard:

  • Keep trails inclusive and accessible.
  • Existing trails and paths are congested.
  • Support for separating cyclists from pedestrians for safety.


How We're Responding:

  • Ensuring all trails and pathways are accessible.
  • Implementing speed control and way-finding measures on East and West ends of the site to reduce conflict and congestion on the Spirit Trail.
  • Permitting on-leash dogs throughout the park. This includes the accessible pathways and lawn areas.
  • Creating a separated bike lane on Harbourside Drive.
  • Separating cyclists from pedestrians on all pathways along the busy shoreline.
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  • Tell us what you think of the revised concept plan for Kings Mill Walk park?

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    In response to the feedback we received in the spring of 2021, we've modified the park design concept as follows:

    • More than doubled the off-leash dog park area from 750 square metres to 1,600 square metres.
    • Updated the 'All-Ages Play Zone' with parkour and adult fitness stations.
    • Relocated washroom facilities to a central location between off-leash and play areas.
    • Planted buffer and more space between off-leash area and play area.
    • Added a lawn area at the top of the bank and covered picnic shelters.
    • Added a volleyball court.
    click to view larger

    Before engaging in the community forum, we recommend you visit the Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more about some of the common questions we identified during the spring engagement, and view our answers.

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