Trees were planted, a community garden has opened and an amphitheatre was built as part of a new city park in Aberdeen.
The city said the project, initially dubbed a “carbon park,” is about 75 per cent complete.
Signage and education are still to come.
“I’m determined to get it done this spring,” city sustainability services supervisor Glen Cheetham said, noting the project keeps him up at night, but his time has been spent working on the city’s proposed plastic carryout bag bylaw.
The new park on the former Aberdeen Golf Course land was approved by council in the summer of 2018.
Dubbed at the time a “carbon park,” the concept shifted over time toward educating people about climate science and Indigenous ecology, as part of partnering with Tk’emlups te Secwepemc.
Thus far, the infrastructure component has been completed. Cheetham said 60 trees were planted and a 35-plot community garden was completed in time for gardeners to plant fruit and vegetables this past summer.
“I understand it was popular and busy,” Cheetham said.
An amphitheatre was also built in the park to act as an open-air classroom, venue for small weddings or community gathering area. Most of the work on the park is done. What’s left, Cheetham said, is the educational component of the park, which will be displayed on signage.
Asked what that education looks like, Cheetham said: “Carbon is an essential element and, in a proper balance, it’s actually essential for life. The idea would be, through the educational program, to help park visitors understand how we’re currently out of balance and how that is related to global warming and climate change, as well as nudging people to think about ways to reduce their carbon footprint.”
The $129,000 project was largely funded through grants.
TD Bank Group and TD Friends of the Environment donated $79,000 and CN gave $25,000.
The city pitched in $25,000 from its parks capital fund.