Garden City Lands
The Garden City Lands are an extraordinary 55.2 hectares (136.5 acres) of open space located within the Agricultural Land Reserve, in the heart of Richmond, between Westminster Highway, Alderbridge Way, Garden City Way and No. 4 Road. The Garden City Lands will become a major new community park with diverse uses, including urban agriculture, environmental preservation and interpretation, recreational and cultural uses.
The Garden City Lands Park Development Plan represents the synthesis of the original Garden City Lands Legacy Landscape Plan endorsed by Richmond City Council in 2014, with new science-based recommendations as well as the feedback the City received from hundreds of Richmond residents and the contribution of Kwantlen Polytechnic University regarding agricultural production. Council has approved funding for the phased implementation of the Garden City Lands Park Development Plan.
To review the Development Plan and an enlarged version of the Legacy Landscape Plan above, please see the following PDF document:
GCL Park Development Plan - PDF
The Park Development Plan key components includes:
- The Agricultural Lands
- The Bog
- The Rise
- The Nodes
- The Dyke
- Perimeter Trails
For more details about the above key components, visit the Garden City Lands Archive page.
2018 Farm Soil Amendment
In spring 2018, the City of Richmond will be preparing the soil for the first phase of the farm leased to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Sustainable Agriculture Program. Please see the graphic below for the proposed work area.
KPU is pursuing certified organic status for the farm. Through that process, only specific soil amendments can be used; manure will be imported to increase the soil’s nutrient levels. KPU staff have recommended using chicken manure due to the fact that when compared to other sources of manure, it contains very few weed seeds and the nutrients are readily available upon incorporation into the soil. The chicken manure will be sourced from a certified organic farm.
Due to fresh chicken manure being considered by many to be malodorous, staff will take the following steps to minimize the potential negative impacts on the local community. As soon as the manure is delivered, the manure will be spread out and plowed into the soil. It is not anticipated that manure will not be stockpiled for any significant length of time. In addition to chicken manure peat and compost will also be incorporated into the soil.
For additional information, questions or concerns, contact Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-244-1208.
In 2017, the following areas of the Garden City Lands were built:
- Perimeter pedestrian and bicycle paths;
- Completion of the seepage barrier along the central dyke and along Westminster Highway;
- Installation of site infrastructure (drainage ditches, storm sewer connections and weir structures, preparation for electrical and water connections);
- Placement of soil for the initial phase of farm development (subject to approval by the Agricultural Land Commission);
- Hydroseeding of exposed peat soils along paths; and
- Fall/Winter tree planting along the perimeter.
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In the Spring and Summer of 2018, the following will be constructed as weather conditions permit:
- Perimeter pedestrian and bicycle paths;
- Installation of site infrastructure (drainage ditches, water features, drain tile in KPU fields);
- Complete placement of soils for the KPU farm;
- Hydroseeding along paths;
- Fall / Winter tree planting along the perimeter and planting of fruit tree orchard on the Rise; and,
- Farming on the KPU farm fields to commence.
As sections of the perimeter pedestrian and bike trails are completed, they will be opened up for public use and allow people to experience the exciting vision being implemented at the Garden City Lands.
For a full screen view of this image, please click here.2017 Construction Photo / Video - Drone Footage
July 30, 2017
As sections of the perimeter pedestrian and bike trails are completed, they will be opened up to the public to allow people to experience the exciting vision being implemented at the Garden City Lands.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact:
Research Planner 2, Parks Planning, Design and Construction: Alex Kurnicki
Water and Ecological Resource Management
Implementation of the plan will be a multi-year process. The City commissioned a detailed water and ecological resource management study to guide the development and maintenance of the site.
To review the Water and Ecological Resource Management Plan, please see the following PDF documents:
Related Documents and Resources
Garden City Lands Archive
Additional related documents and archived resource documents for the Garden City Lands site can be found on the Garden City Lands Archive page.