Watching planes arrive and depart can be a quiet and peaceful pastime for many people, offering a brief sense of escape and wonder.
It’s what Vancouver Airport Authority was probably thinking when it built Flight Path Park along Russ Baker Way, which it is now looking to improve.
The VAA is holding an open house next Saturday, Feb. 2 to ask people what they would like to see done to the park.
“We’re really excited to hear back from the community, from the people who use it,” said Anne Murray, VAA vice president of community and environmental affairs.
Architects and airport officials will be present at the open house to answer questions and provide visuals of the area.
The VAA has received numerous emails from people leading up to the open house, however, Murray remained tightlipped about the feedback so far. “We don’t want to bias any other ideas.”
After narrowing feedback down to a selection of the most popular ideas, the VAA plans to hold another open house prior to the summer with designs based on these suggestions.
This year’s budget has allocated money for the park redesign, but Murray said it is willing to make it a multi-year project if certain ideas exceed the budget.
The upgrades for the park, which currently consists of benches and picnic tables, are scheduled for this year.
The open house takes place at The Jade Canoe sculpture in the International Terminal from 1 to 4 p.m. Feedback can also be given through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.yvr.ca/flightpathpark.