IN THIS ISSUE
- Help shape the design of Olympic Village’s new East Park
- Learn how you can walk, bike or roll more in 2021
- Make reducing food waste your new year’s resolution
- Discover ways to connect with nature during COVID this winter
- Check out local events and green opportunities
DESIGNING OLYMPIC VILLAGE'S NEW EAST PARK
We know Vancouverites value parks and open space, to help us connect to nature and others, now more than ever. Together, we have an exciting opportunity over the coming months to design a new park in the Olympic Village, unofficially called East Park, and to re-imagine the waterfront experience in False Creek’s east basin.
East Park is an invitation to co-create a place that reflects Indigenous values, supports a diverse ecosystem resilient to climate change, nurtures health, and reconnects us to the land, to the water, and to each other. As part of the East Park design process, we will draw on the Guiding Principles and Belonging Statement for parks in Northeast False Creek and learn how we can begin to replenish and reconnect with this place, ourselves and each other.
Help us re-envision East Park. Visit Shape Your City to learn more about the project, upcoming events, and other ways you can share your thoughts.
SUPPORTING: ACCESS TO NATURE, CLIMATE ADAPTATION
WALKING, BIKING OR ROLLING INTO THE NEW YEAR
Many people make it their new year’s resolution to be more active for personal health reasons, but changing how we get around can also benefit the environment.
Nearly 40% of carbon pollution generated in Vancouver comes from burning fossil fuels to power vehicles. Through our Climate Emergency Action Plan, we’re making it easier for more Vancouverites to walk, cycle and roll to their daily destinations by improving our active transportation network.
Learn more about getting around the Vancouver way by following our Walk, Bike, Roll Facebook page.
Want to cycle but don’t have a bike? Consider getting a Mobi bike membership – for a limited time, select passes are 20% off. Sign up here (use promo code mobi2021).
SUPPORTING: GREEN TRANSPORTATION, CLIMATE EMERGENCY
A ZERO WASTE START TO 2021
Our partner Love Food Hate Waste surveyed Canadian households and learned that 94% are motivated to reduce avoidable food waste. The new year provides an opportunity to turn that motivation into action; in 2021, make reducing food waste one of your top new year’s resolutions.
Food waste is one of many kinds of waste that the City of Vancouver is working hard to prevent, with a vision of being a zero waste community by 2040. Learn more by reading the Zero Waste 2040 Strategic Plan.
You are an important part of reaching our zero waste goals. Here are some ways you can commit to reducing food waste in 2021:
- Plan ahead. Every year, Canadians spend $1100 on wasted food. Check your fridge to see what you have before you shop, make a weekly meal plan and stick to it.
- Store your food right. The most commonly wasted foods are fruits and veggies. Learn how to keep your produce fresher and for longer with this handy produce guide.
- Pass it on. If you already have great food-saving tips and tricks, help others by sharing them on the Love Food Hate Waste website.
SUPPORTING: ZERO WASTE
CONNECTING WITH NATURE DURING COVID
The colder weather combined with physical distancing brought on by the pandemic might cause us to feel more shut-in this winter. The Vancouver Park Board Arts, Culture and Engagement team’s Artist and Eco residencies are offering engagement activities this winter that help make it easier to connect with nature.
- The Interdisciplinary Media Artists Association/Population of Noise (IMAPON), resident artists at McBride Park Fieldhouse, launched the Co-Vid-EO page, an on-line art project featuring nature scenes from Vancouver Parks. IMAPON will update the page from time to time with the works, images and videos of guest artists and community members. To check out the latest works, visit the Co-Vid-EO page.
- In February, winter pollinators in the Riley Park Community Garden Fieldhouse Residency will offer a virtual winter walk, including activity kits for kids. Visit the pollinators page for more information.
- Until March 31, Village Vancouver’s Westside Neighbourhood Food Network is making free seeds available by mail for gardening, as well as free DIY Plant Box Kits for seniors, immune compromised, low income and other vulnerable members of the community. Find out more by visiting Village Vancouver’s event page.
Check out these and other opportunities to connect with nature this winter by visiting the Fieldhouse Activation Residencies in Parks page.
SUPPORTING: ACCESS TO NATURE
When attending in-person events please follow COVID-19 health & safety precautions.
Winter Farmers’ Markets
Support local by using one of the markets to stock up on fresh and prepared food items (whenever possible, send only one member of your household and keep interactions to a minimum to reduce the spread of COVID-19).
In Harmony with Nature
Join this plant walk and launch of 2021 projects as Artists in Residence with Hastings/Sunrise Community and Vancouver Park Board hybrid event (zoom and in person if allowed by City protocols).
Plant Ink Extraction for Watercolours
Learn how to make your own watercolours from plants native to British Columbia in this online workshop with local artist and 2020 BC Culture Days Ambassador Edward Fu-Chen Juan.
Granville Bridge Connector
Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) and the City have teamed up for a presentation on the Granville Bridge Connector project – a project key to facilitating growth and accommodating active transportation in our city while helping us meet our climate targets.
Identifying Bird Songs
Ever wonder which bird makes what sound? Join Capilano University professor Roy Jantzen to learn a few easy-to-remember ways to help you identify birds’ calls.
Nuts About Squirrels
Peek into the life of a resident rodent of Stanley Park: the squirrel.
Natural habitats in Stanley Park are being impacted by invasive species. Join Stanley Park Ecology Society to enhance Vancouver’s largest urban forest by removing invasive species.
Aquatic Invaders: What’s Lurking Beneath?
Join special guest Tasha Murray of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver to identify invasive aquatic species found in Stanley Park and across Metro Vancouver.
Ring-Tailed Rascals of Stanley Park
Dig into the mysterious life of a mischievous masked mammal lurking in Stanley Park: the raccoon.
CONNECT AND LEARN MORE