Metro Vancouver is seeking your feedback to shape the long-term vision and concept for a proposed regional park at Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island.
The park planning process includes background research, inventory, and analysis. Each project phase will include engagement with First Nations, the public, stakeholders, and government agencies including Bowen Island Municipality.
Metro Vancouver is committed to engaging with the public and incorporating their feedback at each step in the proposed park development process and the Bowen Island Municipality rezoning process.
From February 10 to March 20, 2023, Metro Vancouver conducted the first phase of a three-phase engagement process to ensure the community is involved as the project progresses and has opportunities to provide feedback to the project team.
Public Engagement Process
Listen and Learn
Final Concept Plan
In this phase, we want to listen and learn from the community to understand your priorities, concerns, and vision for the project.
We want to deepen our understanding of this unique landscape.
Your input will inform the development of guiding principles and concept options.
In the next phase we will share guiding principles and identify different concepts for the proposed regional park for your feedback.
There will be opportunities for you to provide feedback on the proposed concepts.
In the final phase, we will share the final concept plan and next steps so you know what to anticipate in the future.
First Phase of Engagement
From February 10 to March 20, 2023, Metro Vancouver invited the public to share their feedback on the first phase of engagement for the proposed regional park at Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island. During this engagement period, 2,364 participants submitted 25,158 responses and comments through the online feedback form.
The feedback, suggestions, and additional analysis and research in this phase of the engagement will inform the development of guiding principles and concept options, which will be shared in the second phase of public engagement for the proposed regional park. It will also inform and support decision making by the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors, and will be provided to the Bowen Island Municipality for consideration as part of the rezoning and official community plan amendment process.
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Phase One Engagement Summary Report
Key themes respondents noted through the first phase of engagement included:
- Concerns about transportation, particularly ferry capacity, as well as park access generally and impacts to Whitesails Drive
- A preference for a park shuttle as the top choice for alternative transportation modes
- A priority to improve public transit connections on Bowen Island
- A priority to protect environmentally sensitive areas and protect the ecosystem
- Concerns about overnight use and potential impacts on-island (such as wildfires, safety, street use, impacts on the islands services and resources)
- Support for hiker/biker/paddle-in camping among the camping options
- A top activity choice to walk or hike at the proposed regional park
For a full review of what we heard and how we’re responding, read the public engagement summary report.
Final Engagement Summary (interactive)
Final Engagement Summary (print version)
What We Heard
The below table provides a high level overview of the common themes that were heard throughout the first phase of engagement. Additionally, we have provided a column of the work we are undertaking or will undertake to try to address what we heard. This work will continue as the project progresses, and additional conversations and engagement will inform how we respond.