The City of Abbotsford has won the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) Award in Park Design Excellence for Grant Park!
Our team could not be more proud to have led the Park Design and Construction Management for the City of Abbottsford where we worked in close collaboration with Station One Architects, Cedar Crest Lands (BC) Ltd. and AstroTurf to deliver an award-winning accessible park, playground, challenger baseball diamond, and washroom building.
Grant Park is Abbotsford’s first fully accessible all-in-one baseball-themed park. In developing the park, Binnie, the City, along with its community partners, aimed to enhance and refurbish safe spaces for young people of all abilities to play baseball, develop life-skills and learn from positive role models and through play.
The park’s innovative design includes the use of recycled materials and reflects an overarching goal of inclusion in each step; with wheelchair accessible surfaces, dugouts, washrooms, and playground and picnic facilities that welcome people of all abilities. The park’s multi-language community consultation process also engaged community members near and far.
Grant Park includes high-level ecological and climate considerations. The design retained 80% of the park’s existing trees and included new rain gardens to support site run-off without adding pressure to the City’s storm water system, while also rehabilitating the natural park habitat.
Special thank you to our staff Matthew Harbut, Erik Villagran, Riley Brown, Zacharie Durand Vivian Chen, and Cathy Lush who helped to complete this project!