Green space is a crucial part of every city. Green space is one
of the reasons Vancouver is the most beautiful city in the world!
Green space increases property value, tourism, social interaction,
community-mindedness, and aesthetic pleasure. Green space attracts
businesses, as it is proven that business prefers to locate in communities
with an abundance of open space and pedestrian-friendly areas. Green
space provides stress relief, benefitting community members both
emotionally and psychologically. Green space also delivers environmental
education and increases environmental awareness to both children
Green space is also attractive to residents because it lowers property
taxes! Because there is less development there is a lowered need
for expensive infrastructure such as roads, sewers, and water. Also,
green space reduces the cost of unnecessary treatment of stormwater
and provides healthy groundwater recharge capabilities for restoring
our watershed, as water is absorbed into the ground and filtered
naturally rather than being expensively and unnecessarily piped
to a water filtration center.
Runners, cyclists, dog owners, and people on their way to the
Avenue Cinemas and Granville
Island all benefit from the open green space along the Arbutus
Corridor on 6th Avenue. What is particularly important about this
area is that a multi-generational community including children and
seniors has participated in and benefited from Cypress Community
Garden's effort to cultivate and beautify this area.
Green spaces such as Cypress Community Garden and the Arbutus Corridor
unify Vancouver and provide much-needed pedestrian-oriented connections
within the City.
We need your support! Please let our City officials know that we
need green space along the Arbutus Corridor at 6th Avenue (the location
of both Cypress and Maple Community Gardens) to keep our urban area
livable. Please voice your concern! Email the Mayor
and Council at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and ask them to preserve this area as green space, not just for
another few months, but for many years to come!