On Wednesday July 16th, the Strathcona BIA and Hastings Crossing BIA became home to 14 young trees in raised planters along Hastings Street. Businesses will care for the trees for 2-5 years and before they grow too large for the planters, the trees will be moved to permanent locations and replaced with more young trees so the nursery cycle can continue. Wednesday marked an important milestone of the BIAs working collaboratively with the City of Vancouver and our business members to install an innovative and community-enhancing urban greening initiative. A DTES Capital Grant and a grant from TD Green Streets supported this project.
Project Manager J?ohn B. Mackin put together a stellar team of contractors to get the job done. Landscape Centre poured and installed the concrete planters. Lawn Enforcement filled the planters with Eco-Soil and Strathcona BIA compost, plus Pin Oaks, Red Maples, and Persian Ironwood trees. Valley Traffic Control provided expert safety measures during the installation. Meg, Johanna, and Marina from the SBIA supervised the installation from start to finish.
Then it was time to celebrate! The official opening of the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery was held Friday July 18th on Princess Ave at East Hastings. Many fabulous volunteers came out to help, and Union Gospel Mission provided assistance with materials and site support. City of Vancouver Councillors Heather Deal and Adriane Carr attended, as did MLA Jenny Kwan, SBIA?s Toby Barazzuol, HXBIA?s Heather O?Hara, and representatives from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (Kelly Lam) and Tree Canada (Richard Walker). After some very complimentary speeches, we enjoyed performances by the Git Hayetsk dancers, Sawagi Taiko, and local band Sons of Granville. Serious Sausage provided delicious meals for all in attendance. A great time was had by all, and we kicked off a great project that will continue to beautify our streets and engage the community for years to come.