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Local activists want to educate people on seawall extension

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A Kitsilano man is urging people who’d love the Vancouver seawall to be extended up to Jericho Beach to take his tour.

Mel Lehan with the Point Grey Foreshore Society gathered a marine biologist, a botanist and a historian to lead a walk between Kits and Jericho beaches on Saturday, to highlight what would happen to the ecosystem should a seawall be erected.
“We’ve commissioned a lot of studies and we found that there’s more birds, there’s more plants, there’s lots of marine life and it’s because it’s a complete ecosystem that hasn’t been impacted by a seawall,” he explains.

Lehan adds that while the seawall is a very popular feature, it comes with crowds and people should have the option to enjoy the shores in a quiet way.

“There’s 22 kilometres of seawall in the city of Vancouver. We can leave the last mile without a seawall. It’s a question of diversity.”

The idea for a seawall extension is now on hold, as the park board sorts out the impact on the Point Grey neighbourhood.