Reported by Jes Hovanes
Four hectares of cracked and flooded concrete at the foot of Cambie Street could soon become a park bordering the Fraser River if a proposal passes in this month’s civic election.
As part of the 2015-2018 capital plan, the Vancouver park board set aside $20 million to buy the land for the purposes of creating a large green space in the Marpole community. The proposal will be placed on the election ballot and voted on in the Nov. 15 election.
Ezra Bloom, a candidate running for the park board is in favour of the proposal going through.
“The Marpole area’s relatively dense, but it’s going to get more dense and they have no large parks in that vicinity,” Bloom said.
The proposed park site is a former industrial area located beside the Canada Line bridge to Richmond. In that space there currently sits a large field of concrete surrounded by a chain link fence. A series of underground streams that were piped and covered over during the initial construction of the area are causing water to seep through the cracks in the concrete
“We need more big parks, Trout Lake is great, Queen E[lizabeth] is great, but we need one in South Vancouver, it’s just missing essentially,” Bloom said.
The park site is on Langara student Caylee Campbell’s regular running route. She described the current site as “hideous.”
“I think a park would be nicer, I mean, it’s huge. I think it could be a very nice park and it would attract more people. I think [the space] would be used more effectively,” she said.
The details of the park board’s plan for the site are not yet known.