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Port Moody to get a new - and safe - community garden

A community garden will go in beside the public safety building in Port Moody. - FILE PHOTO
A community garden will go in beside the public safety building in Port Moody.
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A new community garden will be springing up next to Port Moody's cop shop on St. Johns Street.

Port Moody Police Department has been working with the Coquitlam Farmers Market on plans for the gardens, which will sit on a plot of vacant land next to the public safety building.

At a November city council meeting, Peter Ditchfield, manager of police services, said a community garden is in line with the department's strategic plans for more environmentally friendly initiatives and bridging stronger relations with seniors and youth.

Designs for the site include about 50 garden plots, which will be offered to PoMo residents as a priority.

Organizers have already received enough grant funding to pay for a co-ordinator and for garden workshops.

The land next to the public safety building, which houses the PMPD and CP Rail police, was originally intended as a new BC Ambulance station.

Other Moody news:

MOODY'S DAY

A new day was proclaimed in the province of B.C. in honour of Port Moody's namesake.

Celebrating the 200th birthday of Col. Richard Clement Moody, Feb. 13, 2013, the day honours the province's first lieutenant-governor.

Moody became lieutenant-governor of the colony of B.C. in 1859 and was deputy to governor James Douglas. Moody played a prime role in shaping B.C. and its first capital, New Westminster.

As the commander of the Columbia detachment of the Royal Engineers, Moody also helped build an extensive road network in the Lower Mainland — Kingsway, connecting New Westminster to False Creek; North Road between Port Moody and New West; and the Cariboo Road in the Fraser Canyon.

VETERAN'S WAY

A Port Moody resident has asked that part of Hope Street be renamed Veterans Way to mark both the city's centennial and the vets who contributed to the city and country.

Local historian Guy Black wants the portion of Hope between Hugh and Williams streets, which runs beside the Legion Manor and Chip Kerr Park, designated as Veterans Way.

At their meeting Tuesday, council members asked whether any existing addresses would be affected by the change. Staff suggested the naming could be symbolic, with a Veterans Way sign placed above the Hope Street sign.

The request was deferred to a future meeting so that staff could provide possible illustrations of the sign for council consideration.

spayne@tricitnews.com

 

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