Stanley Park Progress and Clearcut

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

John’s got us in a habit of ‘morning walks’ lately and it’s no secret that one of our favourite places to trek around in the city is Stanley Park. We’re in there at least once a week and have been following its progress since the storms last December when thousands of trees were toppled.

I’ve blogged about the storm and the lack of progress in the restorations although it seems that recently they’ve cleaned up about 98% of trails, making them clear and open for foot traffic again. I don’t think we had to climb up over any fallen logs this morning (or fall off them… ahem) but the Sea Wall is still closed along the North side.

Unfortunately repairs on the Wall are so slow moving that the lack of action is causing parts to crumble, bubble up and deteriorate even more. But where it hurts the most, is over at Prospect Point. This is one of the most popular tourist stops in the Park, probably the City, and it seems as though the Parks Board is catering to that, naturally.

To create space for the parking lot, loggers have clear-cut an area the size of a football field, a move that alarmed one visitor, but will be to the benefit of the park in the long-term [CBC]

After reading the CBC story above I was pretty outraged, but it was only a few hours later that this news story appeared to do some damage control.

They’re not paving Prospect Point and putting up a parking lot.

That’s Vancouver Park Board chair Ian Robertson’s response to a CBC report the scenic, albeit windstorm-ravaged, tourist mecca at the northern tip of Stanley Park was being razed to make way for more parking [The Province]

In the Province article they say the CBC’s story “sensationalized” the scene and that it is not by any means a “clear cut”. When John mentioned going for a walk this morning I suggested we check this out for ourselves.

Unfortunately since it was raining when we left the house I didn’t bring a camera but we did spot the area in question and I have to say, my heart sank. Not as much as when we first surveyed the destruction of the storms but it was pretty close since I know for a fact this was man-made.

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The photo above is pre-storm from Google Maps but you can see by the area gridded out in the red, just how large of a cut has been made… for a parking lot. But hey, apparently there’s hope.

…the existing parking lot at Prospect Point will be torn up and replanted with trees once the re-routed roadway and new angled parking are completed… …Even part of the area now being cleared for the roadwork… …will get a replanting. [The Province]

I really don’t know, it seems like for some the storm was a blessing – it gave them the go ahead to mass produce more concrete and space for cars driven by tourist dollars. Sure replanting is great and needed but you know what, I’ll believe all of this ‘for the better of the park’ talk when I see it.

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  1. Derek K. MillerSunday, September 2nd, 2007 — 7:28pm PDT

    Interestingly, the current location of the miniature train and petting zoo was apparently largely cleared by a hurricane in the ’60s.

  2. Miss604Sunday, September 2nd, 2007 — 7:30pm PDT


  3. ChrisMonday, September 3rd, 2007 — 5:54pm PDT

    Hurricane/Typhoon/Extropical Storm Frieda was the culprit in that caper (I was just reading up on it and it appears there is some debate on what exactly Frieda was when she reached Van-city).

    I haven’t been through Stanley Park since the “clearcut” at Prospect Point, but I had actually made a comment to my girlfriend when we drove through back in June that I wouldn’t be surprised to see more parking created when all was said and done. I was just being my cynical self and didn’t actually think much truth to it..

  4. Tyler IngramTuesday, September 4th, 2007 — 6:47am PDT

    I’ve been a few times to the point since the wind storm and I would be glad for them to increase the parking lot. I guess because of the fallen trees it would of been easier to get the permit to create it huh?

    But seeing all the HUGE uprooted roots (some are like 15′ in diameter) it’s crazy. But why won’t they fix the seawall?? I went past the fence when the tied was low near Lions Gate Bridge and the path is perfectly fun up until the lighthouse on the corner. I didn’t go any further but I don’t know why they closed that part off. I know around the other side of Siwash Rock the path was hit by falling trees.

  5. stillin stasisWednesday, September 5th, 2007 — 11:00pm PDT

    Four-hundred year-old tree: if mother nature weren’t dynamic, wouldn’t we have two thousand year old trees? How old is the oldest Tree?

  6. Miss604’s Canuck Life :: A Vancouver Blog » Blog Archive » Stanley Park Restorations and the PR MachineThursday, September 20th, 2007 — 10:33am PDT

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