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Posted 11 October 2018
The long-awaited opening of the Vancouver Waterfront Park and Grant Street Pier was celebrated on Saturday, 29 September 2018. Formerly an industrial site with a defunct paper mill on it, it became part of the City of Vancouver’s $1 billion revitalization program of its waterfront. This development provides a large economic benefit to the City by developing a mixed-use area that includes residential, commercial, and recreational areas. It also extends the Vancouver Renaissance Trail along the Columbia River, a link that connects the park to the shoreline, downtown Vancouver, upland neighborhoods, and commercial centers. The world-class 7.3-acre, $24 million waterfront park project includes trails, plazas, terraces, viewpoints, water feature, playground and an urban beach, performance area, shoreline restoration, and extensive landscaping.
The Grant Street Pier, the focal point of the park, was designed by the artist Larry Kirkland, and gives the sense of a sailboat about to set sail on the river, for which BergerABAM provided the structural design. The iconic, cable-stayed pier extends 90 feet over shoreline without any in-water structures and provides a safe and accessible waterfront experience at the Columbia River shoreline. As prime consultant, BergerABAM was also the landscape architect and structural engineer of record and provided park master planning, public outreach, natural resource assessment, landscape architecture, and permitting for waterfront improvements.
BergerABAM worked closely with the City of Vancouver, the developers of adjacent properties, and regulatory agencies to create a project design that was feasible and constructible. The design, construction, result, and opening celebration can be seen at the following website: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/waterfrontpark/page/waterfront-park-project.