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The City of Vancouver sends me this in my email. I think my readership will be interested in it and I am pretty sure that the City will be pleased if it reaches a wider audience. Though I would dearly love to be an Arbutus Champion I am going to be in the Panama Canal then so I hope some of you will be there to take my place.

Arbutus Greenway Design Jam – We Need Arbutus Champions to Help Us Design the Future Arbutus Greenway!

Are you passionate about public spaces? Do you want to make friends over a fun and inspiring weekend? Would you love to immerse yourself in all things Arbutus Greenway? Apply to become an Arbutus Champion!

During the Arbutus Greenway Design Jam, Arbutus Champions will participate in a collaborative workshop to help develop draft designs for the future Arbutus Greenway.

There is no experience required to be an Arbutus Champion, but applicants must be available for all four days of the Design Jam, and need to have a passion for the Arbutus Greenway and public space.

Here’s the plan:

  • Oct 20, 5pm – 9pm: Set the Stage and Introductions
  • Oct 27, 5pm – 9pm: Deep Dive into the Arbutus Greenway
  • Oct 28, 9am – 5pm: Deeper Dive and Start to Bring it all Together
  • Oct 29, 9am – 5pm: Bring it all Together

Applications will be accepted until September 22, so don’t wait!

Come Say Hi!

Arbutus Greenway staff will be out and about on the temporary path, around the city, and at community events throughout the summer.

We’ll be at Pop-Ups throughout the City and this upcoming event:

  • Ping Pong on the Greenway at West 16th (August 31, 5-8 pm)

Make sure to check our website and social media for more events and Arbutus Greetings Pop-Ups.

“Scene” on the Greenway

Thousands of visitors are walking, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and learning to cycle along the Arbutus Greenway each day! Here are posts from some of them:

Use the hashtag #ArbutusGreenway for a chance to be highlighted in our newsletter!

Community Corner: Thingery!

According to Chris Diplock, the project founder, a Thingery is a “community owned lending library of things in a modified shipping container. The containers are self-service, so members can check things in and out at their convenience. A Thingery’s inventory is community sourced; meaning that what goes into the container depends on what neighbours donate to it and what they collectively purchase. Potential inventory types include: recreation equipment, kids toys, woodworking tools, event & entertainment equipment, household appliances and musical instruments.”

This fall several Thingeries are being installed in neighbourhoods throughout the City. Learn more about The Thingery at

Temporary Path Construction Update 

The Arbutus Greenway is a future, north-south transportation corridor that, once completed, will connect False Creek to the Fraser River. We recently began construction of new crossings at West Broadway and West 12th Avenue. These new crossings will make the greenway much safer and easier to use in this area. They will be available for use in approximately 8 weeks.

Looking forward, we will make it easier and safer to cross South West Marine Drive from the Arbutus Greenway by introducing a new crossing at this intersection. We are working on this design now, and we hope to deliver this improvement in the coming months.

About the Arbutus Greenway Project

The Arbutus Greenway is a future, north-south transportation corridor that, once completed, will connect False Creek to the Fraser River. We’re in the initial stages of planning and consultation. Our goal is to start constructing sections of the greenway by late 2019. To learn more about the Arbutus Greenway, visit


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Written by Stephen Rees

August 25, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Posted in Transportation

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