People living along the Arbutus corridor in Vancouver don’t need to worry about bulldozers coming through after a CP Rail deadline to remove personal property passes, at least not in the short term.
CP spokesman Ed Greenberg the company’s approach on Aug. 1 is not to start dismantling community gardens.
“Work on the line will be continuing, but we have a plan in place on how to continue track improvement in this area and handle the removal of any remaining encroachments as work progresses.”
He says remaining belongings will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
CP gave notice to residents and schools in May they were preparing to run trains on the tracks again.
The city has offered to buy the land for $20 million dollars, but CP has asked for $100 million.
Penny Hurt grew up in this neighbourhood and has been harvesting produce from land next to the tracks since the early 1980s.
She insists her garden can still thrive if rail traffic resumes.
“I’m certainly going to stay here. I have my portion from the city, which I intend to keep. Whether or not I am able to keep what CP Rail are claiming remains another story. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Hurt adds a community barbecue is planned for Thursday night and she plans to serve fresh raspberries.