Open spaces form a network of Places that help to define the civic realm within Dockside Green. With a view of fostering a more diverse and vibrant neighbourhood, strongly connected to the wider Victoria West community, the Neighbourhood Plan aims to provide a range of types and scales of open spaces, each with a specific character related to its anticipated use.
The following components comprise the new Dockside Green Neighbourhood Plan which has been submitted to the City of Victoria in January 2015. While these plans are currently under review by the City of Victoria, they illustrate the components of the new plan which may be further refined through City of Victoria Staff, City Committee and Council review and approval over the course of 2016.
1. VICTORIA WEST GATEWAY
The Victoria West Gateway will be the first thing one sees as they cross over the new Johnson Street Bridge from Downtown Victoria; serving as a threshold and setting the visual and physical connection of Dockside Green and Victoria West.
2. TYEE GATEWAY
Tyee Gateway will be situated on the southwestern corner of Dockside Green, functioning as an entrance into the neighbourhood from surrounding Victoria West via Esquimalt and Tyee Roads, leading to the Dockside Commons green space.
3. TYEE PLAZA
Tyee Plaza shall be situated along Tyee Road, midblock in the development. Tyee Plaza is intended to serve primarily as a welcoming plaza where visitors and residents will enter the site from public transit, or by foot and quickly orient themselves from this central location within the neighbourhood.
4. DOCKSIDE LANDING
Dockside Landing will serve as the primary urban plaza for the site, adjacent to Harbour Road, welcoming residents and visitors to the commercial and retail core of Dockside Green. Utilizing the ever-changing back drop of Point Hope Maritime, the plaza is intended to connect to the energy of Harbour Road and periodically function as a place for assembly for markets, concert and bazaars.
5. DOCKSIDE COMMONS
This park space, accessible to all, will serve as open space for visitors and residents of Dockside Green. With terraced seating as a unique setting, the park is intended to unfold to the green roof top of Dockside Landing’s commercial building. The large multipurpose park provides the opportunity for an amphitheatre, active play or passive enjoyment, adding to the fabric of both Dockside Green and Victoria West as a place for connection amongst neighbours.
6. DOCKSIDE NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE
As an addition in the updated Neighbourhood Plan, the Neighbourhood House has been included to create an indoor neighbourhood gathering space for Dockside Green residents at the heart of the development. The space will be flexible in design, with the intent to be used for strata meetings, fitness needs and a common gathering place for the neighbourhood.
7. THE SOURCE
The Source is where the story of water at Dockside Green is to begin. This public space will be where stormwater is collected, and the flows of the neighbourhood’s Greenway are showcased.
8. THE PLAYROOM
Integrated into a central location of the neighbourhood, this kids play area with public sundeck located mid-development along the Greenway will provide enhanced opportunities to stop, play, rest or gather, and enjoy the Greenway and views over the harbour.
10. CAFÉ PLAZA
The Café Plaza is a welcome stop along the Galloping Goose trail – meeting point within the northern commercial hub of Dockside Green. The Café Plaza draws people to visit and get to know Dockside Green, and is focused as a place where social connections can occur – neighbours meeting neighbours, providing a great spot to sit and enjoy the passing cyclist and pedestrians activity along Harbour Road.
11. DOCKSIDE WATERFRONT
Dockside Waterfront is the northern gateway of Dockside Green. Situated alongside the Upper Harbour, Dockside Waterfront is framed by the existing Point Ellice Park and Dock, the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and is slated to be a part of the regional, Green Shores Program.
12. THE MUTT STRUT
The Mutt Strut is intended to be a dog park located at the north end of the site, with the intention of creating opportunities for Dockside Green residents, individuals from the neighbouring Rail Yards development and greater Victoria West to come together and connect at this common green space.
13. THE GREENWAY
The Greenway serves as an asset to the Dockside Green Neighbourhood as a main pedestrian artery, with a pathway located adjacent to a meandering, scenic naturalized waterway. The Greenway runs north to south through the Dockside Green Neighbourhood and creates the character and sense of place for residents, visitors and wildlife that use it daily. The Greenway will evolve in character from a naturalized state as currently exists, to a more urban experience as it reaches the Source and Dockside Commons. The Greenway is a defining characteristic of Dockside Green, while simultaneously serving the important function of the key storm water system for the site, and as the physical connection to Victoria’s Upper Harbour.
14. DOCKSIDE CRESCENT
Dockside Crescent is designed to be a low-speed, multi-modal street which will connect Esquimalt Road and Tyee Road. Locate entirely within the development, this street will act as a woonerf – providing cycling, pedestrian and vehicle access into the interior of the south-end of the site, the residential towers, and Dockside Commons.
15. HARBOUR ROAD
Running south to north, Harbour Road is the eastern boundary of the Dockside Green Neighbourhood. The pedestrian experience along this road is one designed as a street shared between bicycles and motorized vehicles. Traveling by bicycle can be done with ease; the street’s low volume of vehicular traffic, level grade, and straight orientation make for easy egress to and from the Galloping Goose Trail. The experience of walking along Harbour Road is supported by the visual interest of the shipbuilding that occurs street side, visible from the proposed Dockside Landing.