Summer 2022 Vancouver Park Stewardship Newsletter
Summer 2022
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 Park Board News
Stewardship, Local Food, Arts   Culture




A Growing Newsletter!

The Park Board Newsletter is dedicated to sharing events and resources for all ages. This season we're sharing several opportunities for online and in-person community events. 

Stewardship, Local Food, and Decolonization, Arts & Culture staff have collaborated to offer a broader look into the work that community organizations do to support individual wellbeing, community connection, a thriving arts and culture sector, and resilient urban ecosystems in Vancouver parks alongside sharing Park Board initiatives and updates.

The City of Vancouver and its parks are on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.




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Photo above of green tomatoes in a community garden by Fernando Lessa.

Welcoming warmer, drier weather

We've had a long and cool "June-uary" this year, but at last, we're heading into hotter and drier weather. Our parks are particularly active in summer, buzzing with the activity of community gardens, picnics, wildlife and celebrations.

Read on to learn how you can get involved in park stewardship, get to know some of our newest local food partners, hear what the Park Board Environment staff have been up to, and more.




Summer Highlights
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Floating habitat installed at Trout Lake

On June 6, Park Board staff were joined by community volunteers, Park Board Commissioners and City Council members to plant, launch and celebrate a new floating habitat in Trout Lake.

Made from sustainable, non-toxic materials, the 60 m² island is constructed from a series of interlocking platforms, and planted with native species such as sedges and rushes to support plant and animal life above and below the surface of the water. 

Designed to improve water quality as the system grows, the island‘s submerged roots create a habitat for millions of microorganisms that consume algae, carbon, and excess nutrients to purify the water. A subsurface forest of roots provides shelter for fish, while varying platforms provide a nesting and preening habitat for birds.

Thanks to BlueTech Research for donating this structure, and to Biomatrix Water for their innovative technology!

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Photos above taken by Park Board staff showing community members, staff and local politicians planting and launching the floating habitat structure together.




Alan Duncan Bird Conservation Award

The Stanley Park Ecology Society and the Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee are pleased to offer the Alan Duncan Bird Conservation Award. In honour of the late Alan Duncan, this award is given annually to acknowledge contributions to local bird conservation through the arts and sciences, celebrating individuals, groups or organizations that are leading the way in bird conservation within our region. We'd like to congratulate Adam Dhalla on being this year's awardee! 

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Alan Duncan (pictured left) was the Park Board's first Environmental Planner and his passion for bird conservation still shines through our Vancouver Bird Strategy, the Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee, and many other initiatives he was involved with.

Adam Dhalla (pictured right) is the winner of the Alan Duncan Bird Conservation Award for 2022. At 17 years old, Adam has already made a big impact in the bird conservation community. In 2018, he was the youngest-ever speaker at the International Ornithological Congress (IOC), where he presented about the benefits to birds of a shade-grown coffee plantation he visited.
Adam also developed a mobile app, "Find the Birds", which is a free, educational, mobile game about bird conservation designed to inspire children to learn more about birding. Adam shaped the game concept and created the art style for the app that has now been downloaded 10,000 times in 47 different countries. When Adam surveyed the app's users, 46% of respondents said they volunteered for a conservation project after playing the game!

Congratulations Adam!




Local Food

Welcome VUFFF and Chen Chen Stway Healing Garden!

We'd like to introduce you to one of the Park Board's newest local food partners, the Vancouver Urban Food Forest Foundation (VUFFF). VUFFF was founded by a group of like-minded community leaders from various Hastings-Sunrise community organizations including Refarmers and Kiwassa Neighbourhood House. Their food philosophy is all about sharing harvests, collective gardening and food forests, being guided by Indigenous ways of knowing, prioritizing marginalized voices and creating a hub for mutual aid. 

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Above: VUFFF co-creators and Park Board staff on-site at Oxford Park for excavation day.
On June 21st, Indigenous Peoples Day, over 60 people came out to join VUFFF in planting their first community food forest, at Oxford Park.

The food forest, which is in partnership with the nearby Aboriginal Mother Centre Society, was gifted the name Chen Chen Stway Healing Garden; Chen Chen Stway means “to stand and work together – to hold each other up”. On July 10th, a naming and blanketing ceremony was held to bless the garden and officially gift its name.
Above: VUFFF co-creators Marie-Pierre Bilodeau and Lori Snyder pose for a picture at the planting event.
Below: Four photos from the June 21st planting event. In the top left, VUFFF co-creator Leona Brown points to Sarah-Anne's tee-shirt which says "Chen Chen Stway". Other photos depict volunteers planting, and a craft station for kids to make plant markers.
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Free wood offer

The Great Northern Way Scene Shop has generously offered free wood to community gardens or other park partners who may be interested. The shop specializes in custom and scenic wood working, metal fabrication (steel and aluminum), and scenic painting (faux finishing, murals, and scenic drops).

Guy Fauchon from the shop notes, "We often have off-cuts and wood from the demolition of projects. There is no guarantee of supply, but we do like to set up relationships whereby we can keep such materials out of the landfill!"

To request materials, e-mail Guy at with a wish list. Any materials are free and need to be picked up. Delivery can be arranged, at a cost of about $200.

Free compost offer

EverGen Infrastructure Corp has generously offered a donation of compost to interested community food, culture and learning gardens in Vancouver parks.

EverGen owns and operates three organic waste recycling facilities where the received material is processed into high quality compost with a focus on reducing carbon emissions, improving food security and strengthening the local circular economy. Their compost is Class A and OMRI certified organic.

To request a compost donation, e-mail Laura at noting your name, the garden you work with, and the amount of compost you'd like.




Environment   Stewardship Events

Still Moon Summer Stewardship

Cornett Road & Natal Street
3445 Cornett Rd
Vancouver, BC V5M 2Y2

Saturday, July 30th - Ravine Clean-up at Renfrew Ravine [Register]

Saturday, Aug 20th - Work Party - Fall Planting Prep at Renfrew Ravine [Register]

Saturday, Aug 27th - Work Party - Beaver Pond(er)ing Lodging Eco-Art Sculpture [Register]
Still Moon's Summer 2022 Stewardship Series invites you to get outside into the beautiful weather and get active stewarding important wildlife habitat in the Still Creek Watershed. Come learn about some native and introduced plant identification, invasive plant management techniques, and some of the tasks involved in maintaining an active restoration sites. 


Everett Crowley Park Stewardship

Champlain Heights Community Centre
3350 Maquinna Drive

Saturday, August 13th, 10:00am

Get dirty, have fun and help the environment! Join the Everett Crowley Park Committee for monthly stewardship events to help remove invasive plants and learn more about the unique history and ecology of Everett Crowley Park. Gloves, tools and light refreshments are provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes. Weather permitting.




Arts   Culture Events
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20th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

Slocan Park and Renfrew Park

Sat. Sep. 10th - Harvest Fair, Lost Streams Parade + Consciousness of Streams Performance 
Sat. Sep. 17th - Streamside Lantern Installation 

Still Moon Arts Society is proud to celebrate the 20th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival! This year we are marking two decades of community art, sustainability, and paying tribute to the lost stream systems of Still Creek with the theme of Resurfacing. Co-produced with Renfrew Park Community Association, the Moon Festival is a series of free public events that celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance, and diverse cultural traditions. The signature events: Harvest Fair, Lost Streams Parade, and Streamside Lantern Installation features live music, dance, shadow puppets, eco-arts, workshops, youth performances, community veggie competitions, and more! For the special 20th Moon Festival we introduce two new immersive, interdisciplinary performances: Consciousness of Streams and Treesong. 


Dancing in Jericho Park with Desirée Dunbar & the Elan Dance Project

The intergenerational Dezza Dance performance ensemble and Artist-in-Residence is composed of dance educators, retired professional dancers and late bloomers devoted to modern and contemporary dance..
The dancers are working toward a pop up performance series that will be filmed and presented to the public.

Catch them at Jericho Park on Thursdays from June through August, between 10:30am and 12:30pm.




Fieldhouse Activations

Animate your neighbourhood:
Applications for the Fieldhouse Activation Program are open!  

The Vancouver Park Board's Fieldhouse Activation Program provides long-term access to fieldhouses in parks across the city for artists and organizations to create a home-base for projects and activities that engage the community. By repurposing underused fieldhouses into small community spaces, this program aims to:
- Animate our neighbourhoods with place-based activities focused on one or more of our priority themes: Arts & Culture, Environmental Stewardship, and Local Food.

- Host projects, workshops, performances, exhibitions and activations in locations where people already gather.

- Provide long-term, rent-free work and presentation space in exchange for community engaged projects and activities.
We strongly encourage you to visit fieldhouses, attend fieldhouse events, and chat with local artists, local food experts and garden stewards about their fieldhouse experiences before you apply. 

Application deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022  
For questions or to discuss proposal ideas, please email us at




What we're working on
Park Board staff are working hard on a variety of projects you might find interesting, related to arts, culture, decolonization, environment and more. Here's a snapshot of what our Environment team has been up to recently!
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Coyote aversion conditioning

Staff have been working closely with the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) to discourage coyotes from becoming too comfortable with humans. Approaching or feeding coyotes can cause aggressive behaviour and puts the public at risk.

This year, a team of trained volunteers is delivering an aversion conditioning program to support maintaining a healthy boundary between humans and coyotes that share the park. Volunteers patrol the park to observe coyotes and teach any that are displaying potentially concerning behaviour to avoid humans, using humane methods like making loud noise and rattling cans. So far, the results are promising: there have been no documented aggressive incidents in Stanley Park this year.

Other measures to support coexistence including installing wildlife deterrent bins, enacting a fineable wildlife feeding by-law, and closing trails where coyotes are known to be denning. The Co-Existing With Coyotes program, run by SPES in collaboration with the Park Board and BC Ministry of Forests, continues to monitor coyote populations and provide education to reduce conflict between people, pets, and coyotes. 

We continue to ask all park users to dispose of waste in bins provided, respect trail closures, and keep dogs on leash at all times. If you encounter an aggressive coyote, stand your ground and make yourselfas large as possible while making loud noise. Do not run. All encounters should be reported immediately to the R.A.P.P. line at: 1-877-952-7277.


Meadows Pilot Project

We are in the process of transitioning just over 40 hectares of turf lawn into naturalized pollinator meadows, through reducing mowing and planting wildflowers. Data from research partners shows that our urban meadows are now home to more diverse and abundant native bees, birds and beneficial insects compared to conventional grass lawns. The meadows are also cooler and moister environments that make the surrounding landscape more resilient to the effects of climate change.
The Park Board is actively sharing information and experience learnt with other municipalities, as a means of benefiting the wider region. As such, the City of Burnaby has partnered with the Vancouver Park Board to begin transitioning Boundary Road into a 9.5km long pollinator highway, allowing bees and butterflies almost continuous movement from The Fraser to Burrard. With Engineering‘s transition of 4th Avenue (850m), 16th Avenue (3.7km) and King Edward boulevard (6.3km), this combines to a total of 20.35 linear kilometres of continuous meadow, connecting vast swathes of our city with beneficial meadows.

Urban eagle conservation efforts

We've been working closely with the Hancock Foundation, Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), and volunteers to monitor and protect bald eagles around the city. Although this has been a rough year for some of our resident eagle pairs, overall, Vancouver has shown a remarkably steady increase in eagle abundance: in the early 1960's we were aware of just a single nesting pair in Stanley Park, and now there are 26 established eagle territories and active nests across a highly dense and developed city. This has been made possible due to combined efforts of ongoing monitoring, protection, enforcement and stewardship initiatives and interventions. All eagle nests are protected under the BC Wildlife Act.

Recently, an eagle nest at Vanier Park with a pair of eaglets was at risk of falling from the tree. On climbing the tree to assess the tree, a group of experts determined that it was stable enough to hold the nest through the summer. We took advantage of the opportunity to sample and band the healthy eaglets before returning them safely to their nest. We also assessed the area to determine the best trees for site adoption next season. Our team will return later this summer to encourage a safe transition to a more suitable and sheltered nesting site near the water.   

Photo of healthy eaglet at Vanier Park taken by Myles Lamont.




COVID-19 Update

Many of our facilities have reopened and services have resumed, however there may still be some limitations, and all City and Park Board facilities are subject to provincial public health orders. To learn more about how COVID-19 policies affect your activities in parks and recreation facilities, please click "Learn more" below.




Vancouver Park Board Community Supports


Fieldhouse Activation

Vancouver Park Board's Fieldhouse Activation Program transforms former caretakers‘ suites in parks across Vancouver into active spaces for community engaged creative practices including arts, culture, local food,  and environmental programming.


Neighbourhood Matching Fund

The Neighbourhood Matching Fund supports neighbourhood-based groups who want to creatively enhance parks or other public lands through community art, environmental stewardship, or garden projects.


Artists in Communities

The Vancouver Park Board Artists in Communities program builds connection by making art together using principles of community cultural development. We host artist residencies each year in participating community centres and other park facilities.

Check out the following Vancouver Park Board & City strategies for more information




Header photos taken at Stanley Park and Jericho forest. Dancer Melissa Panetta photographed by Brenda Kent
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