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Saving Burnaby Lake

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 – Margaret Mead

Meet Joe Sadowski, one of the BLPA’s founding members in 1972.

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Photo/Story: Metro Vancouver “Humans of Regional Parks”

“In the late 1960s, Burnaby was running into problems with disposal of garbage. So the idea was that they would use this area as a garbage dump. Our group became very active politically; our plan was to preserve this lake. Our group became known as the Burnaby Lake Park Association. I’ve been volunteering in this park for about 45 years. It makes me feel good to see how the park is being used. I could not imagine it being a garbage dump. It is a very pleasant surprise to see the number of people using it.”

An invitation to a special event to discover more

Learn about the community activists who worked to clean up and preserve the aquatic environment of Burnaby Lake. Community members are invited to bring their own stories and memories to share. This talk is presented by Rebeca Salas. Rebeca Salas is a museum registrar at the Burnaby Village Museum. As an MA candidate in geography at Simon Fraser University, Rebeca is interested in the relationship between memory and place.

DATE:    Wednesday, October 11
TIME:     7:00 to 8:00 pm
PLACE:  McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library – 4595 Albert Street

This event is free, but space is limited. To avoid disappointment please register online  or by calling 604-436-5400.

Saving Burnaby Lake is one of eight events in the Burnaby Neighbourhood Histories Series. Presented in partnership by the Burnaby Village Museum, the Burnaby Public Library, and the Burnaby Historical Society.

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EcoBlitz 2016 – North Avalon Restoration Site

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who came out for Sunday’s EcoBlitz at the North Avalon Restoration Site at the east end of Burnaby Lake. We are so grateful for the George Ross Legacy Grant of $4000 we received to purchase new tools and 218 native species:

  • Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
  • Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla)
  • Western redcedar (Thuja plicata)
  • Red alder (Alnus rubra)
  • Big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum)
  • Dull Oregon-grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
  • Red huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium)
  • Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis)
  • Sword fern (Polystichum munitum)
  • Indian plum (Oemlaria cerasiformis)
  • Black twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
  • Beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
  • Lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina)
  • Hooker’s fairybell (Disporum hookeri)
  • Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

Mother Nature obviously approves as the weather was perfect for our planting and we completed the task under dry skies.

We ❤️ our volunteers!

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