As part of the Whistler Summer Experience Plan, several infrastructure upgrades are moving ahead this summer. This work is needed to maintain and enhance the Whistler park experience year-over-year, as well as balance the increasing demand on the park system.
Parking lot upgrades on Alta Lake Road
Upgrades have been made to two public parking lots on Alta Lake Road including Rainbow Park and Rainbow Lake Trailhead Overflow.
Upgrades at the parking lot at Rainbow Park included defining the drop-off and turnaround areas for the new weekend park shuttle, as well as implementation of pedestrian and cycling routes from Alta Lake Road to improve circulation and safety for all users.
Concurrent work to upgrade the sewer main on Alta Lake Road is also taking place south of Rainbow Park. Overflow parking is also not available on the shoulder of Alta Lake Road south of the driveway to Rainbow Park. Walking or cycling to Rainbow Park is highly recommended.
Construction on Rainbow Lake Trailhead Overflow’s parking included levelling, grading and compacting for immediate use. Additional upgrades are being contemplated for 2022.
Please follow all signage and avoid illegal parking. Bylaw Services will be actively monitoring these areas.
With these upgrades, the RMOW is asking everyone to work together, be aware of and follow new marked routes to make it clean and safe.
Five new docks
Several new docks will be installed throughout the Whistler valley this summer.
Rainbow Park will see the installation of a new dock at the north end of the beach area. A hard surface accessible path to the new dock will be implemented in 2022 as part of larger park and lawn drainage improvements.
At Lost Lake Park, three older floating swim docks will be replaced this summer.
As well, Alta Lake Heritage Park will get a new accessible dock and an ADA-approved (Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design) boat launch system to replace the aging existing southern dock.
New Western toad infrastructure
The RMOW is continuing to expand the infrastructure at Lost Lake to help the Western toads, a sensitive species native to British Columbia, with their annual summer migration.
This year, a second toad underpass has been built on the east side of the Lost Lake Loop, just north of the washrooms. A new log barrier between the beach and the lawn area will also be installed, along with new toad fencing to help direct the migration routes away from the park lawn areas and towards the safe passage underpasses.
Last year, a new culvert under the Valley Trail was installed and a toad boardwalk was constructed under Blackcomb Creek Bridge. More infrastructure improvements are also planned for future years.
Re-shaping of Fitzsimmons Skills Bike Park
Fitzsimmons Skills Bike Park, located near the Day Lots, has received a tune up for the 2021 season.
All four zones have been reshaped for smoother riding – including the jump track, pump track, beginner skills area and intermediate skills area.