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Clean Up of LiveCity Site at David Lam Park Underway

In 1995, during his last year as the 25th British Columbia Lt. Governor, David Lam received the honour of having a park named after him. That park now has a multitude of outdoor activities for families during the summer:  sun bathing,  picnics, frisbee, soccer, football, flying kites, etc.  This summer, though, as a result of  the Olympics, full use of the park will be delayed until the fall.

 The average daily attendance at LiveCity Yaletown was 24,000 people during the Olympics, while LiveCity Downtown averaged 10,000 visitors each day. The cost of the parties was $500,000 just for the LiveCity Yaletown site.  And after every party, someone has to do clean up.

"It's going to be a process to restore it," Sue Harvey, a spokesperson for the City of Vancouver said. "You can notice that pavilions are down now  and the recycled material on the site has been removed. The gravel that we have put on the site will take a couple weeks to be removed. The fence line will be removed and the upper level front walkway will be brought back as we get into late spring and summer.   We will sod the whole area which will be a significant cost to the site."

To those who have gardens at home, one of the most costly expenditures to make your grass greener and thicker than your neighbors' is to sod, rid of any crabgrass/weeds, fertilize, use a good irrigation system/have timed sprinklers to go off, and expose the area to plenty of sunshine.

For David Lam Park, we're talking about a yard the size of  a football field. The amount for restoring David Lam will be a hefty one. Even Sue didn't want to put it to numbers.

Here's what has happened  to make the park into a LiveCity site. First, the  field was leveled  flat and gravel was added. In this process, the park lost all of its hills. Then a material comprised of interlocking tires [a costly solution to make sure everyone was dry] was placed down on the ground. The Park Board has requested the hills  be put back as well as the concrete structures on the edges of the park. As for irrigation,that should be complete by the end of the summer.

When will residents get their park back? By the looks of it, expect early fall. However, says Sue, "a portion of the park: the play area, tennis courts etc. will be back to normal in a few weeks."

Look forward to LiveCity Downtown on Georgia and Cambie, starting from the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics on March 12. Days LiveCity will be open are: Friday, March 12 – Sunday, March 14 and Thursday, March 18 – Sunday March 21, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 


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