Construction of the highly anticipated new additions to Topaz Park has officially done a kick-flip!
In August, The City of Victoria approved a nearly $8 million investment into a new redesign for the park which would include a 3,000 square metre skatepark and 6,000 metre bike park.
The concept for these new amenities were developed through extensive community engagement, surveys and input from the skate and bike community.
According to the results of community engagement, 79% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the proposed plan succeeded in meeting the guiding principles established in the Topaz Park Improvement Plan.
Once feedback had been received, the plans were approved by Council.
Now, construction has begun to bring these new plans to life.
“The start of construction is an exciting step toward bringing these world class park amenities to this neighbourhood,” said Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood liaison, Councillor Ben Isitt.
“Parks like this build healthy communities and this project will deliver an active community hub for the neighbourhood and attract riders of all skill levels throughout the region.”
The new designs for the park include a skatepark with a variety of terrain and features, an asphalt bike pump track and integrated shared pathways and social spaces.
The new park will also feature artwork by Germaine Koh, including a series of interactive sculptures inspired by native plants.
During construction, the public washrooms and parking lot near Topaz Avenue and Blanshard Street will be closed.
The new skate and bike parks are expected to be open for use in Summer 2022.