The purpose of the Rainbow Park Phase 1 Rejuvenation Project is to improve and enhance sustainable transportation access, emphasize safe routes for pedestrian and cycling users, improve the arrival experience to a major park, reduce irrigation demands on the potable water supply and connect the park washroom to the newly installed sanitary sewer system on Alta Lake Road.
This project advances several outcomes from the 2021 Summer Experience Plan as well as community goals including the Climate Action “Big Moves” Strategy, the Recreation and Leisure Master Plan, and the emerging Active Transportation Plan. The project is a meaningful opportunity to reduce GHG emissions associated with park visits.
Scope of work
- Valley Trail connection to Alta Lake Road and safety improvements at the intersection
- Reconfiguration and expansion of paved parking areas to accommodate shuttle buses
- Accessible parking and short term public loading and unloading area
- Landscape improvements
This project is currently in the construction phase.
- May - July: Primary Construction
- September - October: Landscape Installation
What to Expect During Construction
Expect equipment noise and increased numbers of construction vehicles. Traffic control persons will be on-site to manage all traffic flow. Pedestrians and cyclists will be directed to walk around the work areas marked by traffic cones while maintaining physical distance from workers and other trail users.
The lower gravel parking lot will be used as a construction staging area and will be closed during the construction periods. Washrooms and the Waterfront Park area will remain unaffected and open during this phase of the project.
Park visitors are encouraged to access Rainbow Park by shuttle bus, or via the Valley Trail network to avoid disruptions in the area and to reduce their carbon footprint.
Future Park Construction
The second phase of park construction is anticipated for the autumn of 2022 and would occur in the park area between the washroom and the lake. Further information on this project will be made available over the summer.
Rainbow Park Rejuvenation Phase 1 and 2 are 100% funded by the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI). https://www.whistler.ca/municipal-gov/grants-funding/resort-municipality-initiative