New Community Park Centerpiece of Revitalized Vancouver Waterfront

WSP USA led the design team for a park in Vancouver, Washington that provides public access to the city’s downtown riverfront for the first time in 75 years.

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The waterfront park extends 2,500 feet along the shoreline, yielding a diversity of recreation and open space amenities including a play area, sculpture, and an urban sand beach.

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Careful attention was paid to developing an architectural lighting approach that highlights the pier’s unique structural systems and activates deck and plaza during the night.

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The pier’s robust center mast and suspension cables, reminiscent of sailing ship’s rigging, support a thin structural deck that appears to float above the water’s surface.

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The waterfront park serves as both a destination for visitors and the living room for adjacent mixed-use development, restaurants, and a hotel. Design details include heavy timber decking, stainless steel railings, and integrated seating.