Vancouver’s new density plan is short on parks

According to an article published yesterday in the Vancouver Sun, a plan passed unanimously Tuesday night by Ciy Council will create a new high-density, mixed-use neighborhood for for around 7,000 people. While increasing density can be good for lowering the environmental impact in cities in many ways, some advocates of public parks see this new plan coming up short. It will not meet Vancouver’s goal of 2.75 acres of parks per 1,000, causing some, like Councilwoman Susan Anton, a self-described “advocate of density,” to question the plan’s committment to creating density in the right ways. Another Councilmember, Geoff Meggs, says that the plan will take a long time to implement, and hopes that as it evolves, amenitites for the community will be included.

North of the Green City Partnerships: Evergreen’s Common Grounds


It’s good to know that we’re not alone. Organizations all over the world, like Evergreen in Canada, can teach and inspire us with the work they are doing for urban greenspace.

Evergreen’s Mission:

Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities – now and for the future.

Evergreen motivates people to create and sustain healthy, natural outdoor spaces and gives them the practical tools to be successful through its three core programs:

  • Learning Grounds – transforming school grounds
  • Common Grounds – conserving publicly accessible land
  • Home Grounds – for the home landscape

Sound familiar? The Common Grounds program is very similar to our own Green City Partnerships: community-based stewardship of public natural areas. Working in the Greater Toronto area and the Greater Vancouver Regional District, since 1991 they have helped 90,000 volunteers contribute to their mission to bring nature back into cities.