Songhees Park Expansion Project

The Songhees Park Expansion Project is a major City of Victoria initiative to develop new parkland at the southwest end of the Johnson Street Bridge as an expansion to the existing park.

This waterfront park is located at an important hub in the City’s active transportation network, connecting to the Johnson Street Bridge and the downtown core to the east, the Songhees Walkway to the south, and multi-use trails to the north and west. Rich in history, the site is in traditional Lekwungen territory that was part of the Songhees Reserve lands between 1844 and 1911.

The park is being designed in collaboration with the Songhees Nation and includes feedback from the Accessibility Working Group and the Victoria West Community Association. A refined concept design for the park was adopted by Council in fall 2019.

The refined design remains true to an earlier plan for the site and now features:

  • Places to sit and enjoy spectacular views across the Inner Harbour
  • Opportunities to enjoy Lekwungen art and learn about Lekwungen language and culture
  • Indigenous and adaptive plantings that will thrive in our climate and provide habitat for birds and other wildlife
  • A diverse collection of flexible spaces that can be enjoyed by individuals or groups and will provide opportunities and support for informal and formal events and activations
  • Streamlined and fully accessible circulation routes that provide access to spaces within the site and connections to adjacent areas
  • An increase in trees offering canopy for shade
  • Spaces and elements that encourage informal play and exploration.

The City will continue to work collaboratively with the Songhees Nation as the project progresses through detailed design and to explore opportunities for collaboration on other park initiatives.

Construction on the park expansion is planned to begin in fall 2021.