The modest park on the corner of East Hastings and Carrall Street was in dire need of an update. The newly designed Pigeon Park plays off of the connecting greenway and combines a living room sense with a community gathering space to create a comfortable outdoor room.
Part of the larger Carrall Street Greenway the park’s design elements, touched by the Greenway, include bands of local Hardy Island granite and coloured concrete while rail lines cutting through the park incorporate the history of the area. To develop a comfortable living room feel benches are gathered into sitting nooks accompanied by concrete side tables and a mix of LED lights represent living room lamps. The open space allows community groups to stage events or performances and the drinking fountain and public washroom top off the park’s amenities. To strengthen community involvement local artists were commissioned to design and carved ipe wooden slats for the 10 benches and an art initiative was also launched to add tile mosaics to the side tables and water fountain. The new Pigeon Park is an elegant place of comfort the local community can call their own.