Metro Vancouver was one of a number of municipalities that was recognized by Wood WORKS! BC for their use of wood both architecturally and structurally in their community projects.
The Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre located in Maple Ridge, and part of Metro Vancouver’s park network that opened earlier this year. The RATIO-designed space was developed in conjunction with community groups and Metro Vancouver.
The Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre is in a unique, ecologically diverse setting. Located on an elevated patch of grass amongst a grove of trees and intersecting with natural paths into and around the Kanaka Creek regional parkland area. The new Centre is part of a project that seeks to re-naturalize the fringes of a floodplain along the south bank of Kanaka Creek. The facility and overall site offers interpretive areas and educational opportunities for watershed management, the local ecosystem diversity and nature conservation.
In the works for years, the RATIO-designed Centre is intended as an immersive and highly engaging place for visitors with a strong connection to the natural environment. Project funding came from Metro Vancouver, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Shell FuellingChange, KEEPS, Vancity and a bequest from the late George Ross. Pacific Parklands Foundation, a non-profit society established to support Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks system, played a key role in fundraising.