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The IRA Project

Invasive Removal Arts is a project centered around Everett Crowley park developed by students from the SFU Semester in Dialogue Summer 2017 program and sustained by the Everett Crowley Park Committee.

The project utilizes this website as an educational platform and nature-based art to help engage local community members around the issue of invasive species and their influence on biodiversity. The website is intended to be informational and inspirational, where users can find information about invasives and inspiration for crafting out of these materials.

Biodiversity and invasive species are complex issues. We intend to create a space that encourages conducive, non-polarizing conversation. This allows for the complexities of these issues to be explored proactively, rather than relegating invasives as either entirely good or entirely bad.

(Pictured left to right: Rowan, Alisha, Richard, Roz, and Naomi)

Everett Crowley Park

Located near Kerr Rd. and Marine Way, Everett Crowley is a 40 hectare (100 acre) park in southeast Vancouver. It is one of the largest parks in Vancouver and frequented by dog-walkers and families alike. Everett Crowley has a long history, most notably as one of Vancouver’s major landfills (the Kerr Road dump) from 1944 to 1967. After the dump’s closure in 1966, with the help of local stewards and parks committees nature took over and both invasive and native plants began the process of recolonization. The City of Vancouver bestowed ‘park’ status in 1987.

The "rewilding" of Everett Crowley Park was part of the Vancouver Park Board’s "vision for an urban environment in harmony with nature.” The park is maintained, developed, and protected by the Everett Crowley Park Committee.