Vancouver’s decision to demolish the Dunsmuir and Georgia viaducts has kick-started concerns from the nearby Cottonwood Community Garden, which was established in 1991.
Members of the garden are worried a new roads that would replace the viaducts would remove large portions of their space.
“If you take part of it then you no longer have it as it was, because it’s a place where people really come. Especially in a neighbourhood where there isn’t much green space.”
Beth MacLaren says all kinds of people come to the garden.
“A young butterfly breeder isn’t even a member of the garden, but he comes down there and studies butterflies that are native to this area and he’s just one of many different people that use the garden. We don’t even know half of them.”
A city council report identifies Malkin Avenue as one of two options connecting Main Street to Clark Drive with an overpass across the railroad tracks, replacing Prior Street.
The second option is to use National Street, which underwent a major upgrade when the National City Works Yard was build in the early 2000s.
Cottonwood trees home to eagles
Alyssa Semczyszyn is President of the Cottonwood Community Garden, which grows all kinds of exotic fruits and is also home to an eagle nest.
She says a Malkin connector would damage a garden which is home to all walks of life.
“The people that we garden with are all walks of life, all ages, all ethnicities. It’s a super broad cross section of Vancouver people.”
And while the final decision on the garden’s fate won’t be made until next year, a petition to save the garden has already received seven thousand signatures to keep it intact.
Map of area under question