St. George Rainway

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Over view photo of St. George Street looking North from 8th Avenue

St George Rainway

St. George Rainway is a green rainwater infrastructure and sustainable transportation project that aims to re-imagine the street to support nature, mobility, community and learning.

What is happening?

The St. George Rainway was first envisioned by a group of community volunteers who wanted to add urban nature back into the streetscape while creating opportunities for artistic expression, education activities, and community gathering. In 2020, City of Vancouver began public consultation to make this project a reality. The Rainway will use green rainwater infrastructure to:

  • Reduce street flooding
  • Treat rainwater pollutants from roadways
  • Reduce combined sewer overflows into

St George Rainway

St. George Rainway is a green rainwater infrastructure and sustainable transportation project that aims to re-imagine the street to support nature, mobility, community and learning.

What is happening?

The St. George Rainway was first envisioned by a group of community volunteers who wanted to add urban nature back into the streetscape while creating opportunities for artistic expression, education activities, and community gathering. In 2020, City of Vancouver began public consultation to make this project a reality. The Rainway will use green rainwater infrastructure to:

  • Reduce street flooding
  • Treat rainwater pollutants from roadways
  • Reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways
  • Enhance climate resiliency
  • Increase biodiversity
  • Cool the neighbourhood during summer heat

The project will also provide safety and comfort improvements for those who walk, bike and roll down St. George Street.

We have just completed our final phase of engagment of the Rainway concept design. A summary of the survey results are available here. What we hear in this final phase of public engagement will help city staff to develop a detailed design and construction drawings for the Rainway. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2023.

Stay involved

Throughout this year, we will be running a citizen science campaign using iNaturalist to measure biodiversity along the Rainway. Learn more by visiting our citizen science page. The Rainway will have other opportunities for involvement too as the project gets implemented. To stay up to date, please sign up for our mailing list on the top right side of this page.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Introduction

    The City of Vancouver has developed a final concept design for the Rainway along St. George St between Broadway and 5th Ave. Rainways are a multi-block area that use nature-based solutions to manage rainwater with great spaces for walking, rolling and cycling to support sustainable transportation.

    Three previous rounds of engagement have helped to inform the final concept design, founded on the values of:

    an illustration of a linear green space


    an illustration of a bench with wheelchair accessible space next to it
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    Nature

    Community

    Mobility

    Learning

     

    In the last round of engagement, we asked the community to rank their preferred street layout option and green rainwater infrastructure concept.  The top ranked options have been refined into a final concept design.   Review the Phase 3: St George Rainway Concept Designs -  public engagement results

    About the survey

    In this survey, we will be asking you to comment on the final Rainway concept design.  Does the design fit the project values of nature, community, mobility and learning? Are there further refinements you would like to see to improve the function of this public space?

    Before starting the survey, you are encouraged to review our engagement materials:

    • Background - including project objectives, policy links, previous engagement summary, and descriptions of how rain gardens work
    • Final Concept Design  - Block by block breakdowns of the final concept design
    • Design Details - Public art concepts, tree and planting strategies, vehicle access and parking
    • Next Steps - Maintenance and stewardship opportunities, timelines, and future phases

    The survey will be open from April 1 - April 30. Paper copies are available on request to be submitted by mail.  If you would like a paper copy, please email is at raincity@vancouver.ca 

    How will my input be used?

    The comments received during this final phase of engagement will be used by the City of Vancouver to make small changes to the final concept and work towards a detailed design for construction of the St. George Rainway.  

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Walking with the Current: A sensorial walk along St George Street is a guide for exploring St George Street. 

    This self-guided walk was created by Holly Schmidt, the current Engineering Artist-in-Residence at the City of Vancouver, as a way for people to engage with this familiar street in new ways.

    We would love to see what you discovered on your walk! After you've completed the walk, use this feature to submit your sketches and reflections. You don't need to answer each question, just what you are comfortable sharing. 


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Page last updated: 19 Sep 2022, 09:18 AM