Songhees Park Expansion Project
The Songhees Park Expansion is a park improvement project being constructed in 2022 as part of the City’s waterfront public realm revitalization. The project will develop 0.76 ha (1.8 acres) of new parkland at the southwest end of the Johnson Street Bridge as an expansion to the existing park.
The park has been designed in collaboration with the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations and includes feedback from community groups such as the Victoria West Community Association. The site is located on the homeland of the Lekwungen and was the first Songhees Reserve from 1844 to 1911.
This park is located at an important hub in the City’s active transportation network, connecting to the Johnson Street Bridge and the downtown core, the Songhees Walkway, the E&N Trail and the Galloping Goose Regional Trail.
The new park will feature:
- Places to sit and enjoy spectacular views across the Inner Harbour
- Opportunities to enjoy Lekwungen art and learn about Indigenous language and culture
- Additional trees, as well as indigenous and adaptive plantings that will thrive in our climate and provide habitat for birds and other wildlife
- Accessible circulation routes to spaces within the site and connections to adjacent areas
- Features that encourage play and exploration
- A waterfront viewing platform
- Plus, upgraded lighting, seating, picnic tables, and more
The park is expected to open for community use in summer 2022.
Construction on the park expansion is scheduled to take place from January 2022 to summer 2022. All efforts will be focused on maintaining a safe work site while mitigating impacts to residents and businesses wherever possible. Working hours are typically Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
During construction, pedestrian and cyclist access on the Johnson Street Bridge will be maintained. Connections west of the park are via Esquimalt Road and the multi-use pathway that connects to Kimta Road. Route signage will be posted during construction.
An initial concept design for Songhees Park Expansion was approved by Council in December 2017 as one of the six waterfront public realm projects associated with the replacement of the Johnson Street Bridge.
In 2018, the new plaza next to the bridge was constructed and opened.
Through 2019, further consultation was done with local Indigenous people, area residents, the community association, and technical advisory groups. A refined design concept was approved by Council in November 2019, and detailed design and construction drawings were completed in 2021 in partnership with local First Nations.