Begbie Green

Begbie Green is a half-acre community space located in the North Jubilee neighbourhood along Shelbourne Street, near the intersection of Pembroke and Begbie Streets.

This green space was redesigned in 2015 based on the community's feedback. Now you can sprawl out in the sun on the new grassy knoll. Bring your toddler and their kick bike and check out the new pathways. Grab a game of Twister and try it out with a few friends in the new central plaza or check out the fruit trees and blueberry bushes across Shelbourne from Begbie Green.

Begbie Green Improvements

Ideas for improvements to this space started flowing at an ice cream social hosted by the neighbourhood in 2015.

A design concept was shared with the community for feedback: Begbie Green Proposed Design.pdf [PDF - 407 KB]

What We Heard

  • Feedback on the updated concept plan was generally positive. The ideas that were most supported included: increased green space, new seating and new picnic tables.
  • The idea of the ping pong table had strong opposition due to noise, the possibility of vandalism and the possibility of attracting loiterers.  Some residents indicated concern about the impact on traffic flows and the reduction in parking.
  • The most common request was for a safe bike path through Begbie Green.  Other requests or ideas included a community book library, clear traffic signage for one way streets, fences and shrubs designed to reduce noise from Shelbourne, additional plantings, street murals and other traffic calming features.
  • A complete engagement summary, can be viewed here: Begbie Green Engage Report Fall 2015.pdf [PDF - 1.2 MB]

Name this green!

To celebrate the rejuvenation of the green space, in summer 2016 we asked for your help to "name this green!" Thank you to everyone who voted and to our neighbourhood jury. Begbie Green has now officially become the name of this community space!

The naming criteria was: Celebrates the character of this green space, the North Jubilee Neighbourhood, or Victoria; does not infringe on any copyright; does not reference a business or corporation; is not offensive; names similar to existing parks should be avoided.