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Plans for Pigeon Park

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Michel Desroches, Planner for Parks and Recreation, City of Vancouver, proposes the following objectives for renovating the Pigeon park:

First objective is to preserve the features that make the park popular with the community – preserving as many trees as possible;  preserve sitting/relaxing as primary activity in the park; preserve the open area in the centre of the park as a ‘living room’;

In addition, the City will replace many of the aging features in the park with new features; replacing the base surface in the park, so that it is easy to maintain and has as few trip hazards as possible; replacing the park benches, drinking fountain and lamp post. Also planned is to rebuild the elevated planter around the big tree.
A handful of features will be added to the park. These would include: a handful of “side tables” next to some of the benches, a garbage can, and a public washroom; the rail line as a historic feature and an electrical outlet to support events in the park.

He will present the Pigeon Park concept plan to the Park Board Commissioners on March 2nd  so that, if approved, the renovation could proceed in the summer of 2009, which is when the Carrall Greenway (Hastings to Cordova) is scheduled for construction. The thought is that the overall level of disruption during the construction period would be minimized if the two projects were constructed simultaneously.

Take a look at the proposed plan here:

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You can download a pdf of this proposed concept plan here.

Contact Michel Desroches if you wish to discuss the plan further. See more on the Carrall Greenway here on the City Website.

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Vancouver Sun article: Greenway Trees

It was great to see coverage of the tree situation Feb. 5th, in the Vancouver Sun.

Link here to read it.

Work’s Begun on Water-Cordova

They have started the work on the Water to Cordova link, machines are tearing up the sidewalk, dumptrucks parked on the other side of the street and the low hum of machinery fills the air from early morning on each day now.
I know this has to be done before the tourist season begins, and there is a bit of disruption as delivery trucks have a more difficult time now. Even normal traffic, narrowed to one one-way lane, is affected, but in the long run it will be better for us. More trees, wider spaces, bike lanes.
I pity the poor merchants and owners on that street as the disruption is enough to cause loss of business. After enduring the closures, hoardings etc. of the Terminus construction, moving the Irish Heather across the street, now this. Still, I’m glad this is going ahead, I’d have been very disappointed if the whole project had been stopped for lack of funds etc.