Matsqui Trail Regional Park is a 10km-long linear park that frames the south side of the Fraser River, in Abbotsford, BC. It provides valued public access to the river’s edge for walking, horseback riding, picnicking, camping, and fishing.
Increasing demands on the park and its popular boat launch prompted Metro Vancouver to develop a long-term plan to guide future development and park use.
Space2place was engaged to develop concept plans for six key zones within the park to support the long-term plan. The park’s main nodes were designed to accommodate expanded programming, new lookouts, and a sensitive increase in parking. Other nodes were designed to have more defined entry experiences and new site amenities (signage, washrooms). Aspects of the park’s ecological function were proposed to be restored in key areas through new trail alignments, replacement of paths with elevated boardwalks, invasive species management, and new riparian planting to reduce bank erosion. Support for nearby agricultural production was proposed using bee hives and pollinator support plantings. The resulting plan protects and restores ecological functions, accommodates new and expanded programming, and improves the pedestrian and equestrian experience through the park.
Research and Analysis, Conceptual Development
Master Plan Complete 2012