Fisherman's Wharf Park

In August 2009, City Council endorsed a management plan and park concept to guide significant improvements to Fisherman's Wharf Park. The goal was to transform an underused sports field to a "natural" park with a broad range of amenities for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Fisherman's Wharf Park Community Celebration

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Fisherman's Wharf Park Community Celebration on October 2 to mark the park's opening, its new improvements, and acknowledge the community input that informed its design.

Mayor Dean Fortin was joined by James Bay Neighbourhood Association Chair Marg Gardiner for a ceremonial planting. The community had an opportunity to tour the largest rain garden in Victoria and learn how it filters and cleans runoff before it reaches the ocean; and check out the state of the art playground, the new sandy beach area, the community herb garden and the expanded David Foster Way waterfront pathway.
Below are some photos of the event.


Park Concept   

The park concept recommended the introduction of a daylighted stream to promote biodiversity, extensive areas of natural plantings, a new playground, improved seating and a small plaza, and further development of Victoria's Harbour Pathway (now known as David Foster Way). The plan was developed in two phases.



Phase 1

The first phase of the plan was completed in fall 2010 and primarily focused on the west side of the park, which included the expansion of the Harbour Pathway (now named David Foster Way); and the installation of a new play area, new seating area and plaza, a new sidewalk along the park's perimeter and an accessible ramp at the stone stairs that leads to Fisherman's Wharf.

Phase 2

The second phase, which focuses on the eastern half of the park, includes a new rain garden to represent the daylighted stream originally proposed in the park's management plan.  The rain garden looks great and helps manage stormwater from an area surrounding the park in a more environmentally friendly way than conventional underground storm drains.

Other park improvements include the installation of a new beach play area, a retaining wall that outlines the original shoreline of the Inner Harbour, a contemplative garden, a community herb garden, and a new community greenspace. A copy of the Phase 2 concept plan is available below.

Fisherman's Wharf Park Rain Garden

Rain gardens are an environmentally friendly way to manage storm water. Rain gardens filter and clean runoff from hard surfaces such as roofs and driveways before it reaches the ocean, and reduce the amount of runoff entering Victoria's storm drain system.

The Fisherman's Wharf Park rain garden is 352 square metres in size and features a picturesque retaining “seawall” that outlines the Inner Harbour's original shoreline, a viewing bridge, seated stairway and plaza seating to provide park visitors a close view of the garden.  The plants used are drought resistant in the summer and can survive in standing water during the winter months. The new rain garden is the largest in Victoria, intercepting two storm drains that currently collect runoff from 14,250 square metres of hard and paved surfaces in the James Bay neighbourhood. For more information on rain gardens, click here.

Fisherman's Wharf Park Management Plan

Learn more about the Fisherman's Whaf Park Management Plan [PDF - 873 KB].