Yesterday our morning workout turned into a 2 hour power-walk in and around Stanley Park.
I packed a camera with me since it had been a while since I was able to check back on the restoration progress in the park and more specifically, I wanted to see how the Merilees Trail looked now [see Update from April 2008].
The “Siwash bunker” has new access; we no longer have to scale, jump, or crawl across roped bridges to take in the great views from the top.
The Prospect Point parking lot is now relocated away from the cliff (where they clearcut all those trees) with plenty of room for tour buses and paid parking.
Hollow Tree looks like it’s in its worst shape yet. The tree behind it has been cut down, there are more cables wrapped around it and two pillars holding it up at the front and quite frankly it looks hideous.
I didn’t get the chance to follow up on “my spot” on the sea wall that I’ve been tracking over the last few years but John said it still hasn’t been repaired.
For a bit of back-story… in December of 2006 a great wind storm tore through they city’s most prized natural wonder and it’s been in a rebuilding and replanting phase ever since (you can browse John’s archives or mine for coverage of the storm in 2006). My photos of the park are available in my Flickr set.