We need your help:
Parks Board was planning to hold their second public open house on the master plan on April 4th at the Trout Lake Community Centre, including "park tours to review preliminary draft recommendations". This has now been postponed as a result of the current restrictions around COVID-19. Please check their website for further updates at vancouver.ca/john-hendry.
In the meantime, if you'd like to help further in our efforts to relocate our community garden please send an email to email@example.com.
What we are facing:
We were informed in April 2018 that the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) are planning to build affordable housing on the current location of the T-section of Cedar Cottage Community Garden and two other empty lots located south of the garden (in June 2019 two additional lots were added to the development, located eastwards of the original development). This will result in the loss of nearly half of the garden's plots, as well as all of our extensive common areas, espalier fence used for soft fruit, and orchard. At the same time it would render gardening in the remaining space extremely challenging due to the dramatic reduction in direct sunlight, as the proposed 6-story building will be located south of the remaining garden area.
We currently have a lease until the end of 2020, so are assured that we can continue as usual for only 2020.
An application was submitted to Parks Board in July 2018 to build a community garden at the south-east corner of John Hendry (Trout Lake) park. Parks Board has now begun its master plan update process for Trout Lake park. In order to be successful, we have to demonstrate strong support for a community garden in the park, as part of this process.
The proposed development is shown in red. We will be losing the entire triangle-shaped section of land along Hull St and Victoria Dr. The space remaining to us would have dramatically reduced direct sunlight.