Change of Seasons in Stanley Parkby
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.
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Nice photo’s of Stanley Park.
Me and my girlfriend last visited in March 2005, before any of the storm damage. We completely missed the Siwash Bunker which is a shame as we missed out on some good photo opportunities!
It’s nice to see that you can access the bunker. The parking lot doesn’t look any bigger than it used to be but they seem to be adding some more tourist type features as well as updating some of the look out points.
I took a photo of the redevelopment plan: http://flickr.com/photos/tyleringram/2919241963/
Might be of some use if people are curious what Prospect Point has in store for it.
[…] That’s not to say that Vancouver and area don’t get their share of wind off the Strait of Georgia; look what happened in late 2006 and early 2007 in Stanley Park – they’re still cleaning it up. […]
Wat’s the Siwash Bunker about? I’m curious to why there’re bunker in Vancouver. I remember seeing those also at wreck beach, am I right?
Isn’t it ridiculous how much time money and effort they are putting into that dead tree? I understand that it is an icon in Stanley park but for heaven’s sake, take a nice picture, make a plaque, lay the tree down to rest and let it nurse some new growth, already. All that money and time could have been put to much better use, like, say, to plant some trees that will live
[…] 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. [Miss604] […]