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Stanley Park Restoration Update April 2008

Sunday, April 6th, 2008 — 6:51pm PDT
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Mr. Bollwitt and I cherish our multi-hour treks off the tourist-beaten paths through our city’s crown jewel – Stanley Park. We’ve been keeping a close eye on it throughout the years and especially since the big storm of 2006.

Still busted

Yesterday after being disappointed about seeing the same piece of the Seawall I documented a year ago was still not repaired, we came across some pleasant surprises.

Siwash Rock trail is unrecognizable

Heading down from Hollow Tree we turned onto the Merilees trail. About half way down Merilees we made a right turn onto the Siwash Rock trail – one we hadn’t ventured down in over a year. [See Stanley Park Trail Map]

Road? What the...?

The old path down below

To our amazement there was regrowth, plant pots, streams, creek beds, widened paths, a new metal railing and the whole trail was pushed back about 20 feet from its original route.


Geek in the mist

Leaning Hollow Tree

Also, good news for 88% of folks who participated in my poll will be pleased to know that the Hollow Tree will be laid to rest instead of going even more bionic. Head over to John’s blog for his update and to view a quick video.

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  1. fotoeins says:

    Neat; thanks for the pictures, both of you.

    Hollow Tree, R.I.P.

  2. Raul says:

    I *love* your Stanley Park posts. Have you considered sending a link to the Stanley Park Conservation Society?

  3. Miss604 says:

    I’m actually on the mailing list for the Stanley Park Ecology Society so I get info about upcoming events ie. ‘ivy buster’ work parties and plantings. They seem to be doing some great work (and seem to know their stuff when it comes to plants and wildlife)

  4. […] I headed into the park to get a little muddy and explore some trails that have been refurbished. I wrote my blog post and included some photos from my iPhone. Well, John’s just getting around to posting his photos (he’s a pretty busy guy, ya […]

  5. […] progress in the park and more specifically, I wanted to see how the Merilees Trail looked now [see Update from April 2008]. Merilees Trail – April 2008 Picnic time along the Merilees trail – October […]

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