Connecting residence to parks throughout the city while encouraging people to walk or cycle is almost complete! The final segment of the Green Necklace is slated to connect East 23rd Street with Grand Boulevard.
This walk is the route of the proposed “Green Necklace,” an ambitious project that follows the City of North Vancouver’s original 1907 town plan, which laid out the bold idea of a continuous green loop around the centre of city. This elegant plan now identifies several unique features and public spaces, such as Victoria Park, Grand Boulevard and Mahon Park with a vision to link them to provide enhanced access for pedestrians, inline skaters and cyclists alike.
I personally grew up a few blocks away from Grand Boulevard and love the idea behind it!
It will also provide important connections to other trail systems and bicycle routes in the City such as the Ravine Trail System and the North Shore Spirit Trail.
A little more from the City of North Vancouver.
By providing alternative transportation options with routes between the Lonsdale central business district, major parks and open spaces, the Green Necklace contributes to reducing automobile trips and traffic congestion thereby improving air quality and reducing community greenhouse gas emissions.
The Green Necklace also provides a network of habitat linkages for urban wildlife between existing green spaces with street trees and naturalized landscapes. Along the Green Necklace route, bio swales and rain gardens expose natural processes that are typically covered over in the urban environment.
The Green Necklace enhances the social sustainability of the City by encouraging community interaction, fitness, safety, as well as easy access to parks, open spaces and streets. The Green Necklace enhances the walk-ability and in turn, the livability of the City of North Vancouver.
Construction has begun for the next section of the Green Necklace along East Keith and Grand Boulevard.
Check out photos of built portions of the Green Necklace.
Current Green Necklace Project
Completed Green Necklace Sections
- The Green Necklace at Keith and Grand Boulevard
- The Green Necklace at Victoria Park
- The Green Necklace at Mahon Park
A few directions for you:
- Walk to Lonsdale from Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre on 23rd Street.
- Walk south on Lonsdale to 21st Street.
- Turn right on 21st Street and continue to the end where you will see a path.
- Stay on path to Jones Avenue.
- Turn left and stay on Jones until you come to Keith Road.
- Cross Keith Road, walk past grocery store then stay right on Keith Road.
- Walk by the front of Queen Mary School.
- Stay on Keith Rd. and cross Chesterfield to start of path that runs through Victoria Park.
- Continue on path to where it takes a ‘Y’ — stay to the left to Lonsdale and Keith Road.
- Cross at the Lonsdale and Keith Road intersection.
- Enter Victoria Park path again walking past the cenotaph, and onward along Keith Rd. to St. Andrews.
- Turn left on St. Andrews.
- Turn right onto 9th Street to Grand Boulevard.
- Go to the path that runs between Grand Blvd. West and Grand Blvd. East.
- Turn left at the path, walk up to 19th St. and turn left again.
- Turn right onto Queensbury & carry on to Greenwood Park.
- Enter park and stay on trail as it curves around to the left.
- Turn right when you come out of trail, then immediately turn right again and follow Ridgeway Avenue to 24th Street.
- Stay straight on trail.
- Trail takes you north then makes a sweep to the left and comes out at Grand Boulevard East (23rd Street).
- Turn right, then immediately turn right again and follow Ridgeway Avenue 24th Street.
- Turn left and continue on 24th Street straight through to big parking lot behind Centennial Theatre (Norseman Park)
- Walk through parking lot to the covered walkway, then over the pedestrian overpass on 23rd to the front door of Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre.
Original article cited from cnv.org