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I just wanted to update y'all on the East Pender Mini Park project.(corner of East Pender and Penticton)
We exchanged $400 in grant money for a big ol' pile of dirt and 8 of us spent a Sunday in July digging and envisioning a nicer space for us all.
This will be an ongoing project. I will apply again for grant money again and see what else we can do there. Originally, we wanted to put up a community notice board.Next year?
Two new benches are in the works- destined for the spot with the round paving stones, if you happen to walk by...check it out!
Also, we have soil and have been BEGGING people to build a raised bed or 2 alongside the one that is already there. please do so if you feel inspired and have the wood and tools. Would it be amazing to see raised beds all along there?
Water has been offered from a house across the street. We are working to get water on-site from the city.
Would anyone like to have a Fall picnic in the East Pender Mini Park? It would be a great way for all us Hasting-Sunrisers' to get together!
I have some surplus wood, very long (13-16') reclaimed fir 2x6s and some 2x10s. These were never stained or painted and were once part of the BC Pavilion building in Hastings Park. (I saved them from the scrap heap two years ago.)
I cannot get these over to you and help you build some raised beds until early to mid September, but I'd like to see some of this wood return to the Hastings are for a great cause. Maybe this would be a fun activity during the Fall Picnic, building the beds, moving soil into them, and then spreading sheet mulch.
Great Idea Randy! I love it.
It would be great to have the Fall picnic and raised bed construction time up together.... my one concern would be that our lovely pile of soil might not wait that long. I could be imagining it- but it does seem to be getting smaller.
We have a vw van that is very handy for moving large objects( one set of seats removed).
Would it speed up the process if we swung by and at least got the wood to the site? Just thinking.
People are beginning to realize that there is almost no good soil left in Vancouver. We have for over a hundred years followed a scorched earth policy in Vancouver (removing ALL deadfall and leaves from everywhere), so I can readily imagine people taking any soil they can find.
I can certainly make some wood available a bit earlier. I just need to know how much and what sizes. I have a limited number of boards that I am trying to put to best use, either in home renovation projects or as food-garden-building materials.
I will try to go by the site to see the space. Meanwhile, what did you have in mind for a garden layout?
Yes-please pop by the site and check out the exisiting raised bed along the Penticton side. We are wanting to keep the gardening area on that strip along Penticton and hopefully keep a similar look/style going with any new raised beds.....the soil pile is still there in the parking lot, as of yesterday!
I biked by the site today. There is a good 50 feet of great sunny space to continue a raised bed (or beds) to the north of the existing one (which looks great!).
What is there now is 2x6 plus 2x4 walls and 2x4 corner posts. I do not have any long 2x4s at all, but have lots of 2x6 and miscellaneous small boards to make corner posts.
If we could identify a source of used 2x4s (maybe Habitat's Restore), we could make this happen quickly.
I am thinking we might make at least two more longish (14-feet each?) beds that will stretch most of the way to the lane. However, perhaps smaller ones or some varied placement would also work, or be better in some other ways.
Let me know what you have in mind, and if you can scrounge some 2x4.