Thursday, March 20, 2008
THE DEATH OF A TREE: Memorial to Stanley Park's Forest
Originally the area was home to the Burrard, Musqueam and Squamish First Nations People but has become one of the most popular parks in Canada and especially with the people of Vancouver. A seawall circumvents the whole area popular with walkers, joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters. There are playgrounds, swimming pools, pavilions, restaurants, an aquarium and once upon a time there was a zoo.
On December 14, 2006 a terrible storm with winds of 115 kms devastated the park, bringing down over 3,000 trees. Many of these trees were hundreds of years old. They were uprooted, snapped off, and in falling brought other trees down. It was an epic tragedy witness by the people of Vancouver who have grieved over the park and especially the trees that fell, as the trees were like old close friends.
Over 60% of the west end of the park, open to the Georgia Straights, was destroyed. The photo above shows some of the damage.
Check out this link for a news item about the blessing of the trees that were given to the students of Britannia High School and will be used for First Nations carvings.