Marpole River Park: Event on April 18 (Sat) to advocate for 10-acre park on Fraser River

Tugboat on Fraser River, Marpole, photo by Kent Lins

Tugboat on Fraser River, Marpole, photo by Kent Lins

The following was submitted by Don Larson, a lifelong Marpole resident.

Marpole River Park: Advocating for a New 10 Acre Park
marpoleriverpark.com (blog, video, lots of info)
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Earth Week Event
Saturday April 18th 2015
11:00 AM to Noon
Meet at Marine Gateway Station lower level
[Near Cambie and SW Marine Drive]
More details below.
Download poster: Earth Day 2015 Oolichan, Marpole River Park

The prospect of restoring the oolichan run and the salmon habitat rests on the creation of a ten acre or more new park that we have been advocating for at Cambie between Kent and the Fraser River.

Without the Fraser River waterfront that a new park would provide – the fish runs, the daylighting of up to three salmon streams and public access to the riverfront won’t happen.

The creation of a significant public green space, a natural passive park, is the core issue.

We have been working hard and patiently waiting since July 19, 2011 at the Marine Gateway City Hall public hearing, for the Mayor and Translink to announce a land deal regarding the park.

The park has been approved in the recent Marpole Plan and an allocation of $20,000,000 in the City Capital Budget has been made. It is still very important for the public not to assume that the park is a done deal. To this day, there have been no announcements.

As you stand at Cambie and Kent Avenue, you can see the rapid change in Marpole’s skyline. And as you look northward, about 4,000 new residents will be living at the corner of Cambie and Marine within the next 18 months. The City is rapidly moving towards approving 4,500 further new residents at 57th and Cambie, at the Pearson Dogwood site. And another mega project is also rapidly moving forward at Langara Gardens on Cambie.

As important as wildlife restoration projects are, the ones we are discussing at this Earth Week event rest on the creation of our new park as the first step. Without the new park nothing follows.

Earth Week Event
Saturday April 18th 2015
11:00 AM to Noon

Learn How We Can Restore the Oolichan Run
To the North Arm of the Fraser

Featured Speaker
Terry Slack: Veteran Fraser River Fisherman
And Long time Environmentalist
Also in support of a new 10 Acre Fraser Riverfront Park

All Welcome
With a Special Invite to the
Vancouver Park Board Commissioners

Meet at Marine Gateway Station lower level
[Near Cambie and SW Marine Drive]

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