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Federal government puts $1 million into University Endowment Land green upgrades

Federal government puts $1 million into University Endowment Land green upgrades

VANCOUVER – The federal government is investing $1 million in green upgrades for the Community Green Park and Ortona Trail, located in the University Endowment Lands in Vancouver.

The University Endowment Lands are located between the City of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia and is an unincorporated community of nearly 4,000 people.

The project involves building a Community Green Park, the Ortona Trail, as well as a bioswale and includes adding close to 4,500 metres of green space and approximately 490 metres of walking path to an existing trail system, connecting pedestrians and cyclists to the eastern-southern portion of the Pacific Spirit Park.

The bioswale will manage rainwater runoff from adjacent sites, slowing it down and filtering it before it flows into nearby Cut Throat Creek, thereby improving water quality and protecting the health of the creek and ecosystem, a release said.

The funding will go through the Natural Infrastructure Fund, which supports projects that use natural or hybrid approaches to increase resilience to climate change, mitigate carbon emissions, protect and preserve biodiversity and wildlife habitats, and promote access to nature.

A minimum of 10 per cent of the overall program envelope will be allocated to Indigenous-led projects, the release said.

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