Protesters gathered at Crab Park this afternoon, calling on the Port of Vancouver to reconsider a project critics argue would ruin the waterfront.
The Port has plans to expand the Centerm container terminal, which would block the park’s view of Burrard Inlet.
NDP MP Jenny Kwan says the expansion would damage Crab Park.
“The community is concerned obviously with the environmental impacts, they’re concerned with the increase in cargo, the increase in traffic, both in the water, in the land, and then also by rail.”
“Crab Park is the only waterfront park for the community, and so it is a very significant park. It is well loved and well used.”
Activists say the park provides Downtown Eastside residents with a small piece of green space and a natural view of the water.
Bard Daniel with Four Sisters Housing says Centerm’s expansion is threatening to transform the park’s natural setting into a heavy industry zone.
“What they’re planning on doing is extending their dock operation by infilling the ocean for seven acres.”
Daniel says the community wants accountability for the proposed expansion.
“The port has the sole authority to approve or not approve this plan. The port is not right now, answerable to any level of government.”
She says the area is of crucial importance to the neighbourhood.
The park is also home to the monument in memory of Downtown Eastside missing and murdered women.