Tatlow Creek, a Kitsilano waterway lost for generations, will soon be seeing the light of day.
The creek will connect Tatlow and Volunteer parks, flowing from 3 rd Ave. to English Bay in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Park Board initially approved the project back in 2014 as a part of a three year capital plan, and as a later phase of the seaside greenway project that saw Point Grey road traffic calmed.
Community advocate Mel Lehan along with the West Kitsilano Residents’ Association has been fighting for the project for decades and is thrilled it’s moving forward and hopes to one day see successes with fish stocks like at Spanish Banks or Still Creek replicated.
“It’s been our group’s dream to have salmon come back,” Lehan says.
“But we had a pre-meeting with the Park Board and they basically said that it’s very difficult to get salmon in there, so their priority in this first stage is to make it a place where a lot of diversity of life can flourish… But the long term plan should be to do everything possible so that over the long term they’re able to bring salmon back.”
The initial stage will limit the daylighting to a several block stretch, but here too Lehan has big dreams for the future.
“It’s only going to be opened up from Third or Second Avenue down to the ocean. But I have a thousand year plan, long after I’m gone that we actually open it up one block at time, and eventually we’ll have the thing coming all the way back to 20th and Vine.”
Lehan says his primary concern right now is that the current work be done in the most natural way possible, and is encouraging locals to come out to an open house for the project scheduled for Wednesday March 8.
The Park Board says it hopes to have shovels in the ground by summer 2018, with the project finished the following summer.