Turning the old Port Mann Bridge into a park instead of tearing it down is one of the more intriguing ideas to come out of Metro Vancouver.
Judging by website traffic and media coverage, the idea quietly floated by Metro's new metropolitan planning, regional parks and environment manager Gaetan Royer last week has generated a lot of support. No doubt, many who'd like to see a leafy greenway on the old bridge spent at least part of their life trying to get on or off the nearly 50-year-old span.
Could it be done? Technically, yes, and many other cities have reclaimed road and rail infrastructure for park. Problem is, it's too late. The bridge builders say the land is needed for the new bridge approaches and there are maintenance costs to consider.
Still, what a novel idea to turn a major headache for drivers into a soothing greenway for people who like to walk or cycle.
What do you think?Do you think turning the current Port Mann Bridge into a park is an idea worth pursuing? Vote in our online poll.