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Project History & Design Concept

Project History

Over the past 30 years, the City of Burnaby has been assembling the land along Willingdon Avenue with the plan to rebuild the road that extends along this busy corridor.

The project was approved in 2014 thanks to a new Density Bonus Policy that sees private developers pay for city programs and facilities in exchange for increased density in buildings they are constructing. The project was approved in 2016 and phased over three years, with design components and initial utility construction in 2016, the major components of road, trail, and intersection upgrades in 2017, and completion of landscaping and public art installation in 2018.

Park Layout

The Willingdon Linear Park extends 13 blocks and runs along the east side of Willingdon Avenue - between Brentwood Town Centre and Hastings Street. Most of the park borders residential properties, along with some commercial properties along Hastings and at Brentwood.

This new design concept ultimately creates a beautiful outdoor hallway with an urban trail and tree canopy. The floor will include a curved 4-metre wide asphalt bike lane and walking trail. This trail will meander throughout the route, and preserve as many of the existing mature trees as possible, creating a significant urban forest legacy for The Heights and Brentwood neighbourhoods.

How it is Funded

Projects, such as the Willingdon Linear Park, are funded by density-bonus funds, which are received from developers in exchange for building density. They allow the City to cover the capital costs of significant amenities at no cost to taxpayers.

Proposed additional projects include a new Brentwood Community Centre; redevelopment and enhancement of the Cameron Recreation Complex, including a new swimming pool and library; and a new performance and events centre in Metrotown, which would be funded largely through cooperative development and density bonus funds.

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