St. John's Proposed Pedestrian Path Network


PROGRAM: Pedestrian Path Network
CLIENT: No Client. Unsolicited Proposal
SIZE: Urban scale
STATUS: Concept Design 1982
LOCATION: St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Around 1980, I walked down the Waterford Valley from Mt. Pearl to the Harbour (From B to C on the map below). Mostly I wanted to see whether I could just get through. On the way I encountered some beautiful untouched idyllic wooded stretches with tumbling streams of water. I also went by ugly landfill dumped in large piles that encroached on the river. Later, I drew a map envisioning the river as a pedestrian path, linked to other proposed or existing green spaces and paths around the city to form a network. I shared the map at a public open meeting at City Hall concerning parks and open space in the city, and the City Planner, Tony DeJong, accepted it for consideration.

After the closing of the railway in 1988,the abandoned railway bed became a multi-use trail development for hiking, biking, equestrian, snowmobile, ATV and cross-country skiing. It is now the Newfoundland T Railway. (http://www.trailway.ca) Many of the proposed green spaces were linked thanks to a non-profit organization called the Grand Concourse. Unfortunately, the Waterford River Valley remains to be developed and made part of the system.