Richmond’s latest trail – at Garden City Lands - is now open to the public.
The 2.9-kilometre public trail is multi-use and works as a loop around the lands, which is accessible for both pedestrians and cyclists.
Trail users are advised that only the perimeter trail loop (the sections immediately adjacent to Garden City Road, Westminster Highway, No. 4 Road and Alderbridge Way) are intended for public use just now.
A parallel trail network is reserved for use by farm equipment and city vehicles working on the site.
In the interests of safety, the city is requesting to remain on the perimeter trail portion.
“The Garden City Lands will become the green heart of our city,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
“This spectacular open space on the edge of our city centre is unique in supporting community farming and environmental preservation and providing tremendous recreational opportunities for the entire community.
“Opening of the trails is an important step in fulfilling the vision for this incredible jewel.”
In addition to completing the trails network, the city has also completed significant soil and drainage improvements to support planned farming and urban agriculture uses on the site; preserve the environmentally-sensitive bog area in the southeast corner of the site; and manage stormwater and groundwater flow throughout the site.
More than 700 trees and 50,000 shrubs, all native to the area, have been planted along the perimeter trail.
Additional landscaping and plantings, drainage management initiatives and environmental monitoring is continuing to support further implantation of the site plan.
A portion of the site has also been leased to Kwantlen Polytechnic University for use as part of its Farm School program.
Site preparation is now underway for the Kwantlen’s inaugural farming season.