One of Vancouver’s largest city gardens could be in danger. According to an article in The Vancouver Sun, the City of Vancouver’s plan to demolish the Dunsmuir and Georgia viaducts may include road alignments that would destroy the city’s biggest community gardening space.
According to the article, “Early versions of the city’s new plan include a road called the Malkin Street Connector, a route that would funnel truck traffic from Clark Drive to False Creek Flats and the eastern edge of downtown peninsula, and reduce traffic on Prior Street.”
This would effectively cut across the southern half of Cottonwood and Strathcona community gardens, heirloom apple orchards, seen gardens and an urban agricultural teaching space. Even worse? Cottonwood is the most wheelchair-accessible community garden in the city.
Councillor Geoff Meggs says that he is aware of the concerns. He notes, “We have to balance all of those concerns, but the Malkin right of way has been there for a long time. It was intended to be expanded to take the traffic off of Georgia and Dunsmuir, but it was never built.”
He went on to say, “The fact that we are having this discussion now shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody.”