History of the Garden

In the early 1990s, during the City’s residential redevelopment of the downtown core, more and more residents were living in condominiums and did not have access to plant a garden. The Port Coquitlam Community Garden Society began as an initiative from a small focus group consisting of Bill Herbst, City Parks Foreman; Anne Pynenburg, City Traffic Technician; and Pippa Van Velzen, President of the PoCo Garden Club.

The group felt that a local community garden was needed and approached the City to see if one could be built. With cooperation from City Council, the group was able to create the Port Coquitlam Community Garden in Elks Park.

Through generous donations from the City and local businesses, and with help from community groups providing countless volunteer hours, the garden was built.

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Mayor Len Traboulay officially opens the community garden in June 1996, with the three directors looking on in back: Anne Pynenburg, Pippa Van Velzen, and Bill Herbst. Photo courtesy of PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives  http://www.pocoheritage.org

In June 1996, officiated by then Mayor Len Traboulay, the garden was opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Our community garden has proven to be a wonderful spot for locals to gather with other like-minded gardeners to enjoy some fresh air, exercise and growing good food to eat!

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