Strathcona Green Resource Park: “Unused Vancouver parking lot now a horn of plenty”Read more
|Location:||Hastings and Clark|
|Partners:||Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA)|
Projects In Place was approached to assist the SBIA with the Strathcona Green Zone Resource Park. The BIA received funding from Metro Vancouver and the City of Vancouver to develop a Zero Waste Challenge and a Commercial Recycling and Composting pilot program.
1. to divert maximum waste from landfill;
2. to handle the diverted materials locally;
3. to save money for the businesses;
4. to create local green jobs.
The Resource Park transformed a vacant parking lot into an urban ecosystem of waste diversion and food production. Cedar sheds house reusable materials, a recycling holding station, and composting units. The rest of the site is a community-driven co-op style urban farm, developed and managed by residents of the Downtown Eastside.
Recyclables and re-usable materials are collected to this central location for pick-up, lessening the load on individual hauling contracts and recyclable materials being discarded as garbage. Kitchen food scraps are collected and composted using Jora Kompost systems and vermiculture.
• 8 cedar sheds to house recyclables, reusables and composting systems;
• A series of living green walls from Green Technologies donated by Environmental Youth Alliance
• Urban Farm comprised of 36 planters.;
• A public mini-park.
Projects In Place organized a volunteer build to assemble the cedar sheds. Volunteer groups included the SBIA, INGDirect, Cobalt Engineering, Sunbury Cedar, Horizon Landscape Contractors, Barrick Gold, Vanglo Design + Build and Projects in Place members and volunteers.
"Projects in Place has provided reliable and professional service. Our green roof is weeded and maintained once a year and as a result is healthy and beautiful."