The Park is Closed


You don’t realize how much you appreciate something until you’re prohibited from enjoying it. Parts of Stanley Park and the Seawall remained closed today as the cleanup effort from the latest storm will take a very long time.

“The damage is extreme. I’ve been with the park board coming on 35 years and I’ve never seen anything comes even close to this,” said Eric Meagher, maintenance supervisor for the park… The park likely won’t be open again until mid-week, and full clean-up might take a year. [CTV]

I went for a walk with my husband and father this afternoon. When we got to the North side where the trail to Beaver Lake intersects with the Seawall all traffic (foot, vehicular, bike) had to turn up and cut through the Park along the road. No one was getting by and from what I could see up until that point, I could only imagine how much worse the damage was up near Prospect Point.

Trails were not closed because it was such a hazard and you simply couldn’t pass. Branches, twigs, trees teetering so loosely on others you feel as though any slight breeze would topple them over and send them crashing to the ground. Trees that were hundreds of years old lying across roadways, root systems 12 feet in diameter ripped from the ground, rolled over and exposed. The Park is quite clearly, a mess.

It’s pretty emotional as well – you come to love everything about the Park and appreciate so much about it. Then Mother Nature takes over and it looks like there’s been a clearcut.

Also, as a result, the Christmas train and light display, Bright Nights [mbv], will remain closed although they hope to re-open Monday. Proceeds from the event go towards the Firefighters’ burn fund [BCFF] so they are very eager to get up and running again.

Until we get the all-clear, I would advise against traipsing through the Park as we did today (pretty silly move, I know). Not only could there be hidden cables and wires amongst the debris, but you can’t really get anywhere… unless you want to get really dirty and carry a chainsaw.

(Photos are property of Audihertz on Flickr – Tagged: Park Damage)

Update: Some roads as well as the Bright Nights Christmas display/train are now open [VancouverParkBoard]

1 Comment so far

  1. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on December 18th, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

    Nice pic of the log blocking the path. A picture really is worth a thousand words.



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