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Concept for Coopers Park under the Cambie Bridge unveiled

The concept for the expansion of Coopers Park into an under-utilized area under the Cambie Street Bridge has been revealed.

Right now, the area under the bridge is paved with concrete and not very welcoming. However, it is covered — a rarity for Vancouver park space and a plus in our rainy climate.

Coopers Park existing condition
Existing condition of site under the Cambie Street Bridge. Credit: City of Vancouver

The proposed design is a “Pacific Northwest-themed outdoor fitness area for calisthenics and parkour exercises.” 

It will include a rocky outcrop for climbing and jumping, as well as a variety of exercise bars arranged in a whale skeleton design.

Lighting will be a major feature of the new space, emphasizing the coastal theme by animating the underside of the bridge with shifting water patterns and highlighting the surface features with a warm glow.

Coopers Park concept explainer
Coopers Park expansion explainer.
Coopers Park concept - day
Concept of play area in daytime. Credit: City of Vancouver

The existing playground on the south side of the seawall will also be upgraded as part of the work, with a giant red octopus climbing structure at its centre.

Construction on the expansion of Coopers Park is expected to start in spring 2020, coinciding with seismic upgrade work to the Cambie Street Bridge.

To view more of the concept and have your say, visit vancouver.ca

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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