Another Great Killarney Gardens Story From EAGARead more
|Location:||54th and Kerr St|
|Partners:||Kaboom!, Home Depot|
Killarney Gardens is a housing cooperative in South Vancouver. The original playground built when the co-operative started was old and dilapidated. It was no longer an inviting place with age old play equipment. Kaboom! donated the new play structure, but required help in the gardens around it.
It all started with a charette, a brainstorming session with the co-op’s children and their families. The children were asked to draw and name what was important to them in their playground. After months of preparation in conjunction with Kaboom!, more than 100 volunteers installed a playground, community garden, habitat garden and several community murals.
Projects in Place is proud to have played a significant role in the design of the gardens, murals and several smaller play structures. The planting at Killarney Gardens consists mainly of mature pine trees and grass. In the gardens, the design uses native plants that will create habitat opportunities for native insects, birds and small mammals, like squirrels. They also use little water and do not require mowing. To link different areas, ‘Jumping boardwalks’ were designed as raised wooden structures for people to play or sit on.
"Their passion for greening the inner city has helped develop new opportunities for the residents of the DTES and brought the idea of sustainability to the inner city."