In 2009, Pacific Parklands Foundation applied for and received a grant from BC Transmission (now BC Hydro) based on a collaborative, matching funds strategy involving several parties. The BC Hydro funds paid for bird surveys, project planning, soil replacement, excavator machine time, and Diamond Head’s consulting time. Pacific Spirit Park Society (PSPS) and Camosun Bog Restoration Group supplied volunteer labour and expertise for 17 work parties involving over 340 hours of labour. Both groups also supplied valuable input to the development of the forest restoration site plan. PSPS diverted volunteer time from other important park projects to rally behind this project to ensure that the work would be completed by October 2010.
The restoration project saw the removal of 5 dumpster size bins, totalling 10 metric tonnes, of invasive plants and soils from the site. In addition, 1,072 native plants were planted along with the laying of 80 cubic yards of new topsoil. Diamond Head Consulting was hired to produce the written plan for the site, including mapping of invasive plants and the planting plan, and their company volunteered the actual planting of the plants as a contribution back to the park community.
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks supplied staff time and contributed $4,000 for disposal bins and $5,000 for the split rail fencing.
This project was a great opportunity for all of the groups noted above to work together on a common goal to restore part of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, and to build personal connections that will bring us together on future park projects.