Thanks on behalf of the ducks

Ten years ago, “Save Garden City” spirit swept over Richmond, B.C.

The Garden City Lands, “the people’s lands,” a huge 55-hectare open field in Richmond City Centre that had always been publicly owned, seemed doomed to dense development. With immense effort, the people—loosely organized as the Garden City Lands Coalition—saved the Lands from development, enabling them to become a public park instead.

Citizen Sharon Doucelin recently sent this note about the Garden City Lands to Jim Wright and the Garden City Conservation Society after rainy weather had created a lake:

Thank you for all the wonderful hard work you have done to make this happen.  As I drove by the park today, I saw the ducks swimming in the lake.  It reminded me of how upset I was as a younger person when the city allowed apartments to be built on the southwest corner of what was then the Lansdowne track. 

I worried for a long time about the ducks and geese who lived in the pond/wetlands there and where they would go.  I’d like to think the ones I saw today are descendants who have come back.

We replied:

Thank you very much for sharing this, Sharon! 

It’s wonderful how this has brought you happiness, which would not have been possible if so many of us had not pulled together to save the Garden City Lands from dense development.

And Sharon wrote again:

When the Garden City Lands Coalition first started, I didn’t think there was much hope to save the lands from the almighty dollar.  But thanks to perseverance and faith, we can still see the mountains and provide a home for those wonderful birds.   Thank you again.

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2 Comments »

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    william Schuss Says:

    I was born on Lulu Isl. and as a youngster I played on these lands and learned much about nature.Peat Bogs are the lungs of the nation. Leave this area free of human encroachment.

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    lornebrandt Says:

    I too am glad that the efforts and persistence prevailed. The lands are not totally natural but nothing is perfect – this way we can get out in the midst of them more easily. It’s amazing how if you do so, the noise of the traffic on Garden City and other adjoining roads just disappears. Last year we found a killdeer nest beside one trail. I’m just waiting for the recently planted trees to once again provide a green backdrop versus that hideous patchwork of shapes and colours below the mountains now.


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