Atira Community Garden

Location: Hastings and Hawkes Avenue
Partners: Atira Women's Resource Society
Completion: March 2010

Projects in Place designed and participated in the construction of a new garden for the Atira Women’s Resource Society’s Rice Block community and the local community.

The site is situated behind the Rice Block building on Hawks Avenue in Vancouver. It used to be a vacant lot filled with trash, construction debris, drug paraphernalia, and an old house foundation. The design solution sought to create a space to grow organic produce to subsidize the meals for the shelter, and to provide an urban oasis for people to relax and enjoy themselves. The design incorporates: raised planter boxes, a patio, a garden shed, compost bins, fruit production and mixed perennial planting beds.

The bulk of the construction group was a Grade 11 class from a school in the Fraser Valley. They were very gracious to donate their time and energy to get the job done. Overall, the project was a great success. Exciting relationships were formed, all participants contributed unique skills to the project’s development and together we implemented a positive, lasting change in the community.

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Rice Block Community Garden Build

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Atira Community Garden at the Rice Block on 420 Hawkes Ave

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"Our garden has grown into a lush space of learning and community-building, and we couldn't have created it without Projects in Place."

Susan Doig, Facilities Director - Capilano University