Grandview End of Summer Build

Posted on: September 20th, 2014 by Admin

The sun and warm temperatures of summer graced our playground build this weekend at the Grandview Housing Co-op. The mornings were cool but the volunteers quickly warmed up as the sun peaked over the top of the 3-storey building. In addition to cool temperatures, our mornings started with inquisitive kids (from the Co-op and kids of parent volunteers) who would come and inspect our work before being whisked away for a few hours of play. This was great motivation as we got to work with saws, drills, shovels, paintbrushes and measuring tape.

We took a welcome break around noon for some delicious East Van pizza and homemade food lovingly prepared by Co-op members! And whenever there’s pizza, kids are never too far behind… (more…)

Grandview Housing Co-op Playground Build – Volunteers Needed

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Admin

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Grandview Co-Op Playground Plan BeforeBefore

Grandview Housing Co-op Playground Build Saturday Sept 13 2014 and Sunday Sept 14 2014 / 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please join Projects in Place and the Grandview Housing Co-op in rebuilding their playground. The old playground was no longer safe to play on and has been demolished a few weeks ago and the courtyard is now ready for a new, modern, safe playground to take shape.

Build activities will include:

· Constructing concrete stepping stones;

· Constructing bench seating;

· Constructing a deck;

· Constructing a living fence;

· Constructing a water play station;

· Painting;

· Planting; (more…)

Apiary Update

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by Admin

Since 2012, Projects in Place has been keeping apiaries in an effort to strengthen bee populations, advance urban food security, and in turn foster a sense of connection between agriculture, food production and our daily lives. We also jar and sell a modest amount of honey to help with our fundraising.

On a hot Wednesday afternoon in July, we checked up on two of our hives. Beekeeper Garrett and his partner Emily have been keeping a watchful eye over the health and productivity of the hives which they check on weekly during the summer and less frequently in the winter months.

Here’s a tiny glimpse into the wonderful world of bees.

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Our two backyard hives have been loving the shade during July’s hot weather. The residents of the home have also been watering the grass at the foot of the hives at night to provide additional relief and hydration. Morning sun is needed, however, to regulate the bees’ waking cycle.

Interested in getting involved with beekeeping through PIPS?  Contact us if you’re interested in letting us keep bees in your backyard or if you’d like to volunteer. Send us an email at info@projectsinplace.org or sign up to stay informed of future projects here.

Help Support Grandview Housing Co-op’s Indiegogo Campaign!

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by Admin

The Grandview Housing Co-op is looking to build a new playground and needs your help! Their old playground was rotting and rusting away (now demolished!) and the many kids that have moved in to the co-op badly need a bigger and safer place to play.

Check out their Indiegogo campaign below. Make a contribution, get perks, stay updated and spread the news to your friends… let’s make their dream a reality!

Wonderful Weekends at Library Square

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by Admin

After two sunny Saturdays in May the Library Square daycare playgrounds have been completely transformed. We added a music centre, drama stage, art centre, planting station, several planters (filled with edible plants) and more to three floors of the daycare. CBC TV was able to capture some of the excitement of the day on the evening local news.
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Library Square Volunteers Wanted

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by Admin

Library Square Children’s Centre Outdoor Play Space

Friday May 23, 2014 / 1 – 5pm

Saturday May 24, 2014 and Saturday May 31, 2014 / 9:00am – 5:00pm

Please join Projects in Place and the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres in their 2nd project together, this time to upgrade the Library Square Children’s Centre playground. Much like the Sapphire playground upgrades, we will be incorporating concepts of sustainability, food security and environmental conservation… but multiply the play and storytelling features by a factor of TEN.

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We did it despite the rain!

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Admin

What happens over two days when hundreds of pounds of lumber, soil, and plants are combined with dozens of amazing volunteers? You get a wonderfully rehabilitated playground in the heart of downtown!

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Join us for our first spring build!

Posted on: February 6th, 2014 by Admin

Volunteers Needed
Sapphire Children’s Centre Outdoor Play Space
Sunday, March 2 2014 and Saturday March 8 2014 / 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please join Projects in Place and the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres in upgrading the Sapphire Children’s Centre playground. We will be incorporating concepts of sustainability, food security and environmental conservation with play and storytelling.

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