District of Squamish is planning to install covered structures such as sails and tents in local public parks in 2021, although it has yet to determine specific locations and designs.
It is one among the district’s strategic plan objectives to increase use of municipal parks, and to respond to the COVID pandemic to allow people to gather safely in public parks.
Another district plan is to have parklets or container covered public spaces in Squamish. The istrict hopes to place these “temporary structures” in public spaces as early as 2021.
“Packaged, prebuilt or modular solutions would be sourced, leaving only locational decisions to be made. Solutions could be moved or relocated as needed,” the district says.
The district also plans to hire a Parks Infrastructure Contractor, a term role to oversee the implementation of the covered spaces and parklet or container projects.
It is also looking to create a Public Space Design Guidelines and Standards on how to improve the public spaces, especially in the downtown area.
The project will address consistent standards for urban design, street furniture, street lighting, patios located within public space, street trees, elements of waterfront walkways, mid-block connections and other design features.