Two years after his death, former Vancouver city councillor Jim Green will be commemorated in Vancouver's newest park, located on the outskirts of Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood.
"It seemed like the right thing to do," said Green's partner Heather Redfern, who has been helping plan the commemorative space in Trillium Park.
"We wanted to make sure that it was reflective of the things that he valued and the people he valued, and that it was a place where people could come and engage in the arts, engage in whatever it is that made them happy."
Green, who died in 2012 after a battle with lung cancer, was an influential figure on Vancouver's civic scene, and an instrumental force in the Woodward's redevelopment, the Portland Hotel Society and Vision Vancouver.
He ran for mayor twice, losing to Gordon Campbell in 1990 and Sam Sullivan in 2005.
Amphitheatre for live performances
The Vancouver Park Board is expected to get an update on the park's progress on Monday. Some of the features include:
- Cherry and southern magnolia trees, Green's favourite trees.
- Space for future art installations.
- A carver's shed to support local First Nations art creation.
- An amphitheatre for live performances.
- An 'activation station', a gazebo where people can gather for dialogue and creative projects.
"Activation was a big term for Jim, the process of which he used a lot in his work," said Jim's daughter Alexandra Rutherford, who's also involved in the park design.
"It has to do with getting people interested and really ready to learn something new."
The park is expected to open in June or July of this year.