Two Vancouver residents want to see a piece of old, abandoned industrial park at the foot of Cambie Street in Vancouver turned into a green park.
Park proponents Terry Slack and Don Larson say there is vibrant wetland underneath the 24-acre site that is covered in cracked asphalt, concrete and weeds.
There used to be three salmon streams at the site, but seven years ago they were paved over. Their path to the river was blocked by concrete. Slack and Larson want to restore the streams, but there is a problem — the property is owned by Translink.
“They want to put a bus barn on here and probably some offices,” say Slack.
They don’t expect to buy all the land, but just 10 acres of it.
Thanks to community amenity contributions from nearby developers and from the city, there is money set aside for new parks.
The city, which is involved in the plan for a ten-acre park, says it can’t discuss location or land negotiations.
Meanwhile, Translink issued the following statement to Global News:
“At this time, we are not selling the land and we have not listed the land for sale, therefore, have not received any solicited offers on the site.”