Vancouver Parks Golf promotes environmental friendliness

by Kimberly Schoenberger
The gardens at Fraserview are important to the course. — CK Golf Solutions Photo

Since 2003, Vancouver Parks Golf has been a centre for promoting environmental consciousness, with all three of its championship golf courses being Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. What that certification signifies is that the courses are internationally renowned for their work to keep the earth healthy.

Throughout the years, Vancouver Parks Golf has installed both bat and bird houses, planted trees and converted flowerbeds into organic gardens at Langara, McCleery and Fraserview golf courses.

The fruit trees on the courses are not just good for the environment, but good for both the course and the golfers as well. Players are welcome to help themselves to a snack as they pass one of the apple trees, and if the apples are high enough quality, they are used in the kitchens or donated to local food banks. Langara’s fruit tree count is going to be boosted by nearly 200 in the coming years as a part of their 2020 Greenest City initiative.

The most recent addition to the environmentally friendly program of Vancouver Parks Golf was made at the end of June this year, when the Fraserview Golf Course was made home to a wildflower garden bee habitat. Bees are very important to maintaining biodiversity in urban species, and their population is currently declining drastically in Canada. Vancouver Parks Golf is doing what it can to stop that from continuing.

The “green” initiative programs are driven by the superintendents of the Langara, McCleery and Fraserview golf courses. These men are dedicated to providing an exceptional golf product while at the same time creating a naturalized environment that enhances wildlife habitats.

So, if you want to feel good about your carbon footprint and still get in a great game of golf, be sure to check out Vancouver Parks Golf. 

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