South Edge of Strathcona Neighbourhood
on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh Peoples
Welcome to Trillium North
Opened in Summer 2014, Trillium North is on the south edge of Strathcona neighbourhood; for millennia three Coast Salish First Nations: the XwMuthkwium (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Tsleil-waututh exercised overlapping traditional rights to the land on which the park is situated. This new park’s perennial plantings were chosen for significance in traditional hand technology by First Nations People from across the province of British Columbia.
The park has a couple of fenced work-bays with picnic tables and retro fitted shipping containers that allow us to store materials and tools on site and host the public as this is our primary work space for community workshops and events. The park is approximately 1 hectare in size.
The park is maintained by Vancouver Park Board with certain planted areas managed by EartHand with the intention of teaching skills in sustainable harvesting, crop management and hand skills in using the plants harvested from the park.
We want to make Trillium North what urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg calls a ‘Third Place’- a great, good place that acts as a sphere for community happenings. This community is supported through our work with Vancouver Park Board: Arts Culture and Environment team and the outdoor primary School Muddy Bootprints who will often be seen in the park.
Open Air Workshop and Learning Gardens
The planted areas include a tea and fibre garden, a few nettle patches and larger swathes of pollinator supportive plantings from which we create baskets, cloth and dye.
Finding the Park:
We are on the SouthWest corner of Malkin and Thornton Streets, on the north side of the soccer fields tucked in behind the train station or just south of Prior Street.
by bike – turn south at Jackson from the Union Bike route- cross Prior Street and coast up to the shipping containers.
by skytrain and foot– 900 meter walk from Main street skytrain, head north east, take the back road along National and turn left just past the soccer fields.
by bus- the # 51364 stop on Prior is very close- serviced by the #22 downtown or MacDonald. Less then 5 minute walk south along Malkin and into the park.
A wonderful group of individuals help tend the planted areas. Keep your eye out for stewardship volunteer opportunities on our events calendar, and sign up for the newsletter to get involved.
Our main work bay has two picnic tables and we have access to running water and electricity on site and washrooms are available in the park.