Opened in Summer 2014, Trillium North Park is on the south edge of Strathcona neighbourhood; for millennia three Coast Salish First Nations: the XwMuthkwium (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Tsleil-waututh exercised overlapping traditional rights to the land on which the new Trillium North Park is situated. This new park’s perennial plantings were chosen for significance in traditional hand technology by First Nations People from across the province of British Columbia. Purpose-designed areas assist in processing plant materials including: covered harvest table and work area, shipping containers for indoor work, fenced outdoor storage and an open-air performance space. The park is approximately 1 hectare in size.
Certain areas of the park are managed by the non-profit organization, eartHand Gleaners Society with the intention of teaching skills in sustainable harvesting, crop management and hand skills in using the plants harvested from the park. We want to make Trillium North what urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg calls a ‘Third Place’- a great, good place that acts as a sphere for community happenings. We are thrilled to have Environmental Youth Alliance join us as partners for pollinator related programming, and to continue working with the Vancouver Park Board: Arts Culture and Environment team.
Where is Trillium North?
Find us at the corner of Malkin and Thornton Street- just south of Prior street.
map available here
by bike – turn south at Jackson from the Union Bike route- cross Prior Street and coast up to the shipping containers.
by skytrain and foot– 900 meter walk from Main street skytrain, head north east, take the back road along National and turn left just past the soccer fields.
by bus- the # 51364 stop on Prior is very close- serviced by the #22 downtown or MacDonald. Less then 5 minute walk south along Malkin and into the park.
Despite the seemingly unending rain we have been having a few good-often impromptu-garden or play sessions at Trillium North the last while. If you have wandered by, you may have seen evidence of some of our work; weaving new borders, improving the compound structure for supporting rain tents and more. Here are a few dates we know we will be there rain or shine, so come join in!
Sunday April 23rd 1-4pm: weaving willow garden borders and rope making tutorial
Saturday April 29th 10am-12noon: weaving borders, spreading woodchips and doing a serious weeding and some seeding in the native swale zone- with assistance from Environmental Youth Alliance’s Native Nursery Program.
Saturday May 13th 12noon-3pm: Community Dog Groom and Spin-a-Long!
Did you know that the Salish Nations kept dogs as fibre resource– not pets? Alas those dogs are now extinct, but on this day we turn our attention to our furry friends that live with us now, and invite any dogs with an undercoat being shed to come to the park, leashed and with their humans and a brush. Spinners will be standing by to sample the coats! Learn how to use a drop spindle, sample how fibres are blended, and try out our great wheel- with another local urban animal fibre- mane hair from the horses at the race track!
Paid workshops getting started for the season soon! As always, paid program placement supports sponsored spaces in our programs when our class minimums are reached.
To register and for more information visit: EartHand’s Program Page
Melodie Flook is spending evenings this summer making rope from local plants, then crocheting and knitting the rope into the west side of the chain-link fence at Trillium North Park and would love your help! No tools or experience is needed.
Trillium North was lucky to be one of the places that Erin Udal from Environmental Youth Alliance led a group of Citizen Scientists this past spring.
Here is the report just in on what we found!
March was a very busy month- though Spring Break kept the kids away near 3 weeks, we had other community stewardship times that happened during the holiday and adults, families and students alike helped with lots of planting, transplanting, sowing seeds and weeding- you can read about it stacked in the Seasonal Almanac Residency Page- under March, or click here!