Decorative Greenway for Spirit Trail | Enhanced Asphalt Surfacing

DuraTherm & DecoMark

Decorative Greenway for Spirit Trail in North Vancouver uses DuraTherm Inlaid Pre-Formed Thermoplastic and has been used with great success for the North Shore Spirit Trail Greenway for about six years now.


The decorative greenway for spirit trail, is a multi-use, waterfront, fully accessible greenway that provides pedestrians, cyclists, inline skaters and people with wheeled mobility aids safe and beautiful access across the North Shore waterfront from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. The Spirit Trail now runs through sections of the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and the Squamish Nation. If the crowds of people who use the trail are any indication, the goal has been met.  This recreation trail will be enjoyed for generations to come.

space2place Landscape Architecture and Urban Design is the prime consultant for planning and design. space2place collaborated with the City, the District, key stakeholders, local business owners, and the public in order to create a community-supported vision and set of design criteria. Their aim has been to “integrate a series of isolated public spaces in an effort to forge social, cultural and ecological connections between communities and their surroundings”.


Space2place says, “Prior to the design and implementation of the Spirit Trail project, the North Shore waterfront was an under-utilized stretch of land that had limited access to the water, a weak civic identity, a lack of recreational infrastructure, and rampant invasive plant species.  The goal for this project was to create an integrated, multi-use trail and greenway system that restores the waterfront edge for local plant and wildlife species, is accessible and continuous, reflects the regional character, and serves as an urban amenity for a variety of users.”


DuraTherm® is a specially-designed Imprinted Asphalt Decorative Pavement Marking made from preformed thermoplastic material that is set into the pavement surface using StreetHeat® asphalt reheating technology.


The process of inlaying DuraTherm® by way of asphalt stamping means the material is set into the asphalt pavement surface do there is no ‘high-point wear’. Ensuring that it retains its attractive look for years. DuraTherm® is an excellent choice for enhanced crosswalks and community branding, creating both safe and beautiful streetscapes and commercial parking lots.