Apr 2015 4

Photo Essay: Riverdale and Terra Nova

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Richmond Riverdale No 2 Rd BridgeNo. 2 Road Bridge

Riverdale and the newer Terra Nova neighbourhoods are surrounded by water on the west and north. Thanks to the proximity of the North Shore Mountains, the Fraser River and the Georgia Strait, these neighbourhoods are perfect both for young active people and families. 

Richmond No 1 Rd North Drainage Pump StationNo. 1 Road North Drainage Pump Station

The city is below the high-tide level, and only one metre above sea level. To get the threat of flooding under control, the city's founders built a series of embankments with 41 pump stations around the city. A team from Opus DaytonKnight, led by Gurjit Sangha and Simon Kras, was upgrading the No. 1 Road North Drainage Pump Station.

Richmond Olympic Oval 1Olympic Oval at the evening
Richmond Olympic Oval 3

The Richmond Olympic Oval was originally constructed as a skating rink for the 2010 Winter Olympics.The oval was later reconfigured to serve as a community multi-sport park, with two running tracks and ice hockey rinks, a rowing tank, a climbing wall and one flexible area.

Richmond Olympic Oval 2
Richmond Olympic Oval indoorOlympic Oval Interior
Richmond Olympic Oval statue
Richmond Riverdale planeVancouver International Airport

With more than a half residents being immigrant, Richmond is one of the most populated places in the province. No wonder churches offer masses in various languages. For instance, Canadian Martyrs Parish is the only Catholic Curch in Richmond, where masses are offered in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Richmond Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church 2Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church

The church and adjacent parich centre were opened in 2003.

Richmond Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church 1Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church
Richmond Riverdale Sunset
Rural Park Terra Nova 1

Terra Nova Rural Park is a nature park with a community garden, historic buildings and a picnic area. In the park, several agricultural projects are run, such as Community Garden, or Terra Nova School Yard. The park is home to various animals, and has especially good habitat for numerous birds species.

Rural Park Terra NovaRural Park Terra Nova
Rural Park Terra Nova Community Garden 1Community Garden

In Community Garden you can find several projects going on. One of them is the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project. They work as volunteers, harvest extra fruit and redistribute it to community centres, daycares, and other community groups.

Rural Park Terra Nova Fruit Tree GardenFruit Tree Garden
Rural Park Terra Nova Community Garden 2

The Red Barn is located at Terra Nova Rural Park, 2631 Westminster Highway. It has a new kitchen, public washrooms, and serves as a gathering place. Although it's officially called "Terra Nova Rural Park Farm Centre," people use to call it simply – "The Barn."

Rural Park Terra Nova The BarnThe Barn

West Dyke Trail is one of the most popular of Richmond Trails. On this trail one will find amazing scenes of the ocean and the North Shore, panoramic views to the Coastal Mountains and the airport.

Rural Park Terra Nova West Dyke TrailRural Park Terra Nova – West Dyke Trail

Meet The Photographer: Kevin Eng

Kevin EngKevin Eng

Kevin's passion for photography has encouraged others to see the splendor and beauty of nature right at their doorstep, as he captures the sights of the day, and colors and mystery of world while it sleeps. Many of the subjects of his work are based locally in his hometown in Vancouver, B.C., where he first discovered his fascination with night photography. Kevin is currently working as a music teacher, music director for his church, and landscape photographer.


One Response to “Photo Essay: Riverdale and Terra Nova”

  1. Martin S.

    Very nice!! I appreciate especially the pictures from the Olympic oval :)

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