Enjoy the buzz at the Pollinator Pasture Picnic
31 May 2016
As part of the 9th annual Doors Open Richmond, the City of Richmond and its partners will be celebrating Richmond’s first pollinator pasture with an outdoor public event from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 in Bridgeport Industrial Park. The public is invited to picnic and enjoy the ‘buzz’ in the park, with an afternoon of free community-friendly activities and entertainment. This includes guided tours of the 1,000 foot pasture, exhibitor booths and opportunities to learn about the pollinator pasture and native pollinators from experts and City staff.
Since 2014, the City has been making ecological enhancements to the park to support the Bath Slough Revitalization Initiative. As part of this work, the City, in collaboration with Emily Carr University and BC Hydro, established a 1,000 foot pollinator pasture (or wildflower meadow) in 2015, which is designed to attract a variety of native pollinators including bees and butterflies.
This year’s pasture showcases native wildflowers. The planting design was inspired by the shape of the lower wings of the native Western Bumblebee. Through design, which will change every year, the pasture itself is an artwork (or ‘earthwork’), using public art as the driver for ecological reactivation of the park. The event on June 4 is intended to not only showcase the pollinator pasture project and its community partners, but more importantly, educate and inspire others to help rebuild the native pollinator population.
The public is encouraged to access the event using the Bath Slough Trail, starting from the trailhead across from the Cambie Community Centre (12800 Cambie Road). Parking is available at Cambie Community Centre. Bridgeport Industrial Park is a short walk north on the Bath Slough Trail. A welcome tent and volunteers, located in the Cambie Community Centre parking lot, will direct visitors to the event.
For more information, visit www.richmond.ca/doorsopen, and select the East Richmond Area events link.