The winners of the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation’s “All Aboard the Arbutus Corridor” design contest in Vancouver announced

First Place in the Professional Category, and Overall First Prize, was awarded to Yolanda Blenz and Ron Vander Eerden for “Arbutus Corridor Revival”. The pair took home a cash prize of $500, made possible by sponsors.

Second Place in the Professional Category went to Rob Grant for “Arbutus Bikeway”. Rob won a getaway weekend for two on Hornby Island, the gift of a SPEC Board member.

Planning students had been encouraged to submit to the contest and many richly creative entries in this category were received. The First Prize winner, Kevin King, presented “The Arbutus Corridor Design Study” and was awarded a gift certificate from Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Members of the community also responded to the contest in gratifying numbers. The clear winner among those entries was entitled “Memory Lane–Passages through Time” and, as the name implies, the design features heritage and historical sites along the corridor. First Prize winnners Alex and Marie Cherkezoff are avid gardeners: their prize consisted of gift certificates from David Hunter and Murray nurseries.

The exhibit, comprising 75 planning designs for the future of the Arbutus Corridor remains on display until March 28 at Emily Carr’s main atrium space located at 1400 Johnstone Street on Granville Island. SPEC is seeking additional public venues to display the collection, and organizations wishing to participate should contact us at