Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN) and the City of Victoria have teamed up to coordinate improvements to the William Street Greenway in Vic West. This coming spring, a road mural will be installed at the upgraded crosswalk at Langford and Hudson Street. The City will add pop-up pedestrian islands, signage, and fresh paint to help improve sightlines and visibility.
As an active transportation route through Vic West, it is a multi-use path through the neighbourhood for pedestrians and cyclists, with vehicle access permitted near intersections. The William Street Greenway bisects Victoria West Elementary School and Park between Langford and Wilson Street, serving as a connector route from Raynor Park to William Street and onto the E&N rail trail. With this project, street art can serve a variety of purposes including traffic calming, wayfinding, and contributing to a sense of neighbourhood identity.
As a quiet, mostly car-free connector route and a protected play space for neighbourhood kids, the Greenway presents many unique opportunities:
- to promote active transportation,
- to support education in physical literacy and public art, and
- to engage and inspire the community in creating a shared public space that encourages users to enjoy, linger, and spend time.
We invite neighbours of the William Street Greenway to share: what’s your vision for this place?
GVPN is seeking input from the community about your long-term vision for the Greenway. Community member feedback will help us identify a theme for the road mural, and be provided (anonymously) to the City for consideration in future planning.
When thinking of your vision, you may wish to consider…
- How do you use the Greenway (i.e., walking, cycling, commuting, playing, socializing)?
- How do you feel when using the Greenway (i.e., safe, fearful, lost, calm), and why?
- What memories or experiences do you associate with the Greenway?
- What aspects of the Greenway do you think work well?
- How could the Greenway be improved to better suit the community’s needs?
If you’re interested in sharing your thoughts about the William Street Greenway, feel free to contact Molly Rose (GVPN) by March 15, 2022 at firstname.lastname@example.org.