Overview of the Land

In 1980, the demolition of the industrial False Creek started. The city wanted to make space for Expo 86. A lot of the demolition waste went to the waterfront site, next to the train tracks. It extended the Land into the harbour. Following the extension of the Land, protests started for the creation of a park in East Vancouver. The community did not have common outdoor spaces and thought it was time the city took care of them too. It took five years of activism to get the construction of the park. Over the years, the protest took many forms. Finally, CRAB Park was built. With Vancouver’s densification, there is once again the need for more shared spaces. This time, the community creates the park to connect them and the Land. The Land is resilient and has patiently waited for a chance to show her beauty and strength to the world once again. At first, the Land was anxious that humans would bring all the big machines to work on her, but that did not happen. Instead, groups of people showed up more or less regularly to tend to her with love and care.