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After years of delays, Vancouver Central Library is set to open its rooftop garden

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A planned rooftop garden atop Vancouver Central Library is finally set to open to the public after years of delay.

A greenspace has been in place since the construction of the library back in 1995, but has never opened to the public.

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The garden will open its doors on Saturday at 10 a.m. as part of an approximately $16-million project that will see the building’s top two floors renovated.

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The greenspace is part of a series of library upgrades, including community gathering spaces, meeting rooms for rent, a reading room, exhibition spaces and an 80-seat theatre.

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Vancouver Public Library chief librarian Christina de Castell said they want the space to bring people together, highlighting a 2017 study from the Vancouver Foundation that “talked about people in Vancouver looking for more places to connect with each other.”

“That’s really what we’re addressing here.”

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— With files from Ted Chernecki and Jesse Ferreras

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