Harmonious summer of the Lands

Happy Summer 2013! We’re at that time, when spring turns into summer and Nature’s harmony is abundantly evident. In the Richmond Review, a citizen wrote about the harmony of the lands in a letter that sounds like the Highway to Heaven, which we think of as a harmonious Richmond place.

It reminded me of one of my earlier articles on this blog. It was like the lyrics of a song, “The harmony of the Lands.” Richmond is singing from that songsheet now but not quite in true harmony yet. In response to the citizen’s desire for harmony, let’s sing it again, like this:

Inclusive park planning

with a clear & fitting goal
such as open-land parkland

that embodies our island story 

& our hope for our city centre 

& whole community,
with informed city staff & council

drawing on experts of every kind

& the best of Richmond

like the parkland at Terra Nova
& with close interaction

with city public—stakeholders—

for informed & coherent choice

to meet deep need in a blend of ways
that empower Nature to restore

our legacy from ages past

& capture the best of our hearts

in our legacy for time to come
& heed the zoning for ALR uses

for food, recreation & conservation

in the Eco-Safety Demonstrative City,

an honoured model for all the world,
enables notes from our many voices

to join in the song of a wellness park.

As you may have noticed, this is the day of the summer solstice, the longest day of natural light.


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