Vancouver Waterfront Park and Trail | Vancouver, WA

WSP led a team of design consultants to prepare plans and permits for the Vancouver Waterfront Park, including master planning and public outreach.

Located on a former Boise Cascade industrial site, this 7.3 acre park adjoins 32 acres of new housing and commercial development and serves as the gateway to Vancouver. The project included extending the Waterfront Renaissance Trail as the continuous link that connects the park to adjacent open spaces and upland neighborhoods, commercial centers, and gathering points. Integrating the park with the future development parcels, connecting it to the downtown core, and ensuring that its waterfront element meets the community’s expectations were key to designing and developing the park. WSP provided park master planning, public outreach and involvement, natural resource assessment, landscape architecture, structural design, and permitting for the park’s waterfront improvements. To create a feasible, constructible design that balances a complex set of project goals, we worked closely with the City, the owners of adjacent properties, and regulatory agencies. The Vancouver Waterfront project won the APA-PAW Honorable Mention in 2010 for Physical Plans with its targeted focus, comprehensive design plan, and readiness for implementation.