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I was out there yesterday and thought the destruction of the beaches at Garry Point looked horrible.  This article refers to “invasive” plants, which one might also just call “plants” or “nature.”  Removing all the driftwood logs also ruins what, to me, has always been my vision of Garry Point.  Hopefully those are replaced and done so in a way that looks natural.

I question the wisdom of ruining a very nice park to put in docks for a four-day event.

-Scott, ed.

 

From the Richmond News:

 

If you’ve spotted the hub of construction down Garry Point Park way, don’t panic — they’re not building a supermarket or an amusement park.

 

Worried readers contacted the News after seeing construction teams move into the seafront park on Monday.

In fact, it’s all in preparation for the Ships To Shore festival, which starts in just over two weeks.

 

This week, construction crews have been busy laying down a path across the centre of the park to allow access to the waterfront site.

 

And at the water’s edge, city workers have been clearing vegetation and “invasive” plants to afford better viewing for the thousands of people expected to flock to Steveston to see the four tall ships during the four-day event.

 

On the water itself, a team has been laying down the pillars for the new piers and will be putting together portable floats, where the ships will dock.

 

“We’ll also be using the piers for future events,” said City of Richmond spokesman Ted Townsend.

 

“The 800 feet of floats are for Ships To Shore, but we can move them around for other events and they won’t always be at Garry Point.

 

“The path will provide access to the site and there’s been some clearing of plants there to improve the viewing. Most of it was an invasive species, though.”

 

The work will carry on throughout this week and will likely continue well into next week as the festival draws near.

Four of North America's most popular tall ships will sail into Steveston as part of a four-day maritime festival.

 

The Ships To Shore Steveston 2011 is being billed by the city as a weekend of "history, adventure and fun."

 

From June 3 to 7, the four ships -- originally scheduled for the cancelled Tall Ships Festival 2011-- will dock in Garry Point Park.

 

Mock gun battles, free viewing and shipboard tours, pirate-themed outdoor movie nights, day sails, a community entertainment stage and a farmers market will be the order of the day at Ships To Shore Steveston 2011. Most activities are free.

 

Leading the small fleet are the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, from Washington state.

 

The pair is popular whenever they sail, staging mock gun battles reminiscent of the days of pirates and privateers.

 

The Lady Washington featured in Pirates of the Caribbean, along with other movies.

 

While in Richmond, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will stage two mock gun battles on June 4 and 5, which will be viewable for free from Garry Point Park.

 

Tickets are available through the city's registration call centre at 604-276-4300 or in person at Steveston Community Centre and Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Richmond.

 

Ships To Shore Steveston 2011 is sponsored by YVR, Coast Capital Savings and Port Metro Vancouver.

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Read more: http://www.richmond-news.com/Garry+Point+Park+lovers+worry+sight+dock+construction/4799820/story.html#ixzz1Mj1WgYmZ

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