Planning + Master Planning + Parks + Open Space

Terra Nova Rural Park Master Plan

Richmond, British Columbia | 2003-2006

The north western point of Richmond Island has a rich heritage. From First Nations to early European settlers to Japanese fishers, previous residents have left their mark. The city of Richmond wanted to preserve this history while creating a regional recreational space for today’s residents.

PWL was selected to lead a team of experts to develop the 27-hectare park master plan—including extensive consultation with local stakeholders. The plan proposed developing the largely intact agricultural landscape and farm buildings as a new kind of public park that would conserve and interpret the rich ecological and heritage features while providing a valuable public open space.

We created a comprehensive trail network for the site, providing controlled access throughout and linking proposed amenities. More detailed designs were completed for the development of a new lake and marshland, boardwalks and lookout structures, bridges, seating, signage and other park furnishings. We developed a new Community Garden to provide allotment gardens for locals. All of the park features contributed to storytelling of the site.

Project Client
City of Richmond Parks Department
Project Collaborators
Pechet Studio, PGL Environmental Consultants, Donald Luxton + Assoc., Cochrane Engineering, BTY, Bunt, Golder Assoc., MVH Urban Planning & Design