There were plenty of angry
birds residents who didn't want a beachfront veggie patch
We've just learned that the Vancouver Park Board has rejected the idea of a community garden on the prime location of Sunset Beach near the entrance of False Creek. A letter from Bill Manning, the VPB's Manager, Aboriculture & Horticulture went out just an hour ago confirming this.
Thank you for your feedback regarding a proposal by YMCA Connections and its partners to establish an intercultural community garden at Sunset Beach Park.
The Vancouver Park Board sought public input into the proposal. Although the majority of comments received were not in favour of this particular proposal, many respondents supported the concept of community gardening in the downtown peninsula.
YMCA Connections, therefore, has decided to withdraw its proposal for a community garden at the Sunset Beach location.
An information meeting scheduled for October 28 has now been cancelled.
The YMCA is now exploring alternate sites with the Park Board and other community partners.
Thank you again for your interest in parks.
Vancouver Park Board
Back on September 30th we reported that the Park Board had slipped in a sign on the area where the proposed private garden plots were going to be placed. But we also noted that no one could actually read the sign. When local residents caught on they made their views known. The sign was almost immediately removed, with the promise of a new more visible sign to go up.
The garden was a continuing attempt to build up the image of Vancouver becoming even more "green" under Vision Vancouver than under the previous 20 years of governments who have committed to reduce the city's carbon footprint. The garden's funding was provided in part from YWCA under the condition that the prospective gardeners take workshops on topics like diversity and antihomophobia.
The local reaction was not positive at all, with many wondering why public space that is currently available to all now would be subdivided into space for some.
This is the second time Vision Vancouver have "chickened out" due to unhappiness in the West End. In September, the Mayor and Vision withdrew the proposal for a STIR project in the community subject to further consultation as a result of a massive backlash, including a petition signed by over 11,000 renters and owners in the downtown peninsula.
- post by Mike