Rainbow Park rejuvenation project to begin this month

Publication Date: May 19, 2022


Popular park destination sees multi-phase upgrades thanks to funding from Resort Municipality Initiative program

Thanks to support from the Province of B.C.’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) program, Rainbow Park will undergo a substantial two-phase upgrade in 2022 and 2023.

Phase 1 work will include a new Valley Trail connection to Alta Lake Road, landscape improvements, reconfiguration and expansion of the existing paved parking area to better accommodate shuttle buses, accessible parking, commercial delivery, and short-term public loading and unloading areas. These improvements have been guided by the lessons learned from the 2021 Summer Experience Plan and continue to build on this critical work to enhance the park experience.

Phase 1 enhancements include:

  • Providing sustainable transportation access improvements;
  • Creating safe routes for pedestrian and cycling users;
  • Improving the overall park arrival experience; and
  • Reducing irrigation demands on the potable water supply.

These improvements will be implemented this spring and summer and will be part of a continued effort to enhance the arrival experience and natural beauty of the park while allowing residents and visitors to continue to gather, socialize and enjoy the world-class amenities.

Phase 2 improvements are anticipated to begin in the autumn of 2022 and will occur in the park area between the railway crossing and the lake. Information on Phase 2 of this project will be made available over the summer at www.whistler.ca/constructionprojects

The Rainbow Park Rejuvenation Project is 100 per cent funded by the Province of BC through the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) program. This program provides funding to tourism-based communities to help diversify tourism infrastructure, deliver exceptional visitor experiences and incorporate sustainable tourism practices and products.

During the implementation of this work, the public is encouraged to access Rainbow Park via the Valley Trail network to avoid disruptions caused by reduced parking in the area. Washrooms and the Waterfront Park area will remain open to the public during Phase 1 of the project.

For more information, visit whistler.ca/rainbowparkproject

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