Progress this year
One week after the beginning of Phase II of the Nelson Commons Greenspace, the progress is evident!
- Two weeks ago: gravel pile (and utilitarian walkway)
- Last week: hole in the ground!
- This week: Foundations for the trellis have been poured!
Next steps are to run all the electrical wire for the lamps and lighting, and to install irrigation lines to keep our plants watered. Between this week and next we are also hoping that our plants will arrive so that we can enliven the planting beds around our parking lot.
About the space
The Nelson Commons Greenspace is a component of the overall development that the Kootenay Co-op undertook to build our new store and our new upstairs neighbourhood. The Greenspace will provide a much-needed (and flat!) common area in the heart of downtown, open to everyone. The space was designed by local architect Thomas Loh to be as versatile as possible, from intimate lunch dates to community events.
A project of phases
Phase I of the Nelson Commons Greenspace took place during the construction of the parking lot and building. The Kootenay Co-op dedicated land worth $300,000, and partners such as VanCity, Nelson District Credit Union, Gerick’s Cycle and Ski, Spearhead Timber Framing, and North Mountain Construction helped with building the bike cover, remediating soil, and the first phase of planting.
Phase III will include a shade-providing trellis, more planting, and permeable pavers to make walking from Baker Street to the Co-op a breeze.
What’s your role?
Co-op members have a role to play in completing the Nelson Commons Greenspace Project. A co-operatively owned downtown park is a very unique feature, and we wanted our members to have the opportunity to be a part of it! That’s why members can contribute to the greenspace with a till donation or online at https://www.gofundme.com/CoopGreenspace
Every donation helps, and every member who contributes $100 or more will be recognized in perpetuity, either on our website, in the store, or in the Nelson Commons Greenspace. Stay tuned for more information on premiums and recognition levels!