Bayshore Children's Centre

Location: Cardero and West Hastings Street - Coal Harbour, Vancouver
Partners: VSOCC-Vancouver Society of Children's Centres
Sponsors: City of Vancouver, Home Depot, Donald's Market, WA-2!, Lykki Office Supplies, and Marc Gauthier Homes.
Completion: June 2016

The Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres (VSOCC) and Projects in Place Society (PIPS) partnered a fourth time to redesign and rebuild the outdoor play space at the Bayshore Gardens Children's Centre, which helps make our downtown more family-friendly for its residents and provide much needed childcare services for working parents. The goal of the project was to provide more natural play environments, develop gardens for the children to grow food to be used in their daily meals, and implement a recycling and composting program.

Friday was our delivery day, where we unloaded supplies and set up for the weekend build. Saturday, was Build Day #1, where we built planters, decks, movable activity boxes and a number of other play features. Sunday was Build Day #2, where we continued Saturday’s projects, painting and planting to finish any last remaining items and making sure the children’s centre was ready for the kids on Monday morning. All of our great volunteers helped to make this playground revitalization a huge success as in the end we made many planters, activity tables, decks, and lollipops - we made the playground a more naturalized, fun place for the kids!

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"The organizers and crew of Projects in Place have the knowledge and dedication to make beautiful transformations to support healthy living. They will inspire you with their knowledge as to "why we should have green spaces" and the right plants for you."

Ligia Celleri, Registered Early Childhood Educator - YWCA