Ideas for Arbutus Greenway unveiled at Point Grey secondary school

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      Vancouver residents have come forward with a variety of concepts for an 8.5-kilometre strip of land running from the Fraser River to Fir Street near False Creek.

      They include everything from community gardens to renewable energy to pop-up hammocks to community gardens along the Arbutus Greenway.

      Last year, the city bought the Arbutus corridor from CP Rail for $55 million.

      This came after the railway giant cleared out community gardens along the company's railway tracks and threatened to resume rail service.

      Since then, the city has renamed the area as the "Arbutus Greenway" and created a temporary paved walkway and bicycle path. 

      The City of Vancouver recently posted this video on YouTube, which shows the Arbutus Greenway in its current form.

      In the meantime, the city has not ruled out developing light rail along the corridor.

      However if history offers any lessons, a proposal for light rail could encounter fierce opposition from residents living near the Arbutus Greenway.

      This weekend, a vast array of other ideas came forward from 100 people attending an Arbutus Greenway design jam.

      The city revealed sketches on Sunday (October 29) at Point Grey secondary school.

      This week, the City of Vancouver is hosting two community-input sessions on the Arbutus Greenway.

      The first takes place on Wednesday (November 1) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Kerrisdale Community Centre (5851 West Boulevard).

      The second is on Saturday (November 4) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 West 7th Avenue).