Marpole Online 2010 News Archives

Christmas in Marpole Village 2010

Enjoy the festive celebration of the holidays in Marpole, on Granville Street between 63rd and 71st Avenues on Saturday, December 18th, 2010. Santa Stroll - 1-3 PM, Holiday Caroling - 11 AM - 1 PM. Marpole Cares - Nov. 22th - Dec 15th. [READ MORE] [POSTER]

Marpole Cares — Help A Neighbour In Need

Please consider helping a local Marpole family in need this season. Drop off a new unwrapped toy, toiletry item, or non-perishable food item until December 15th, at five locations in Marpole: the Marpole Branch Library, Royal Bank, TD Bank, VanCity and Marpole Place. [READ MORE] [POSTER]

Using the City of Vancouver's 311 System

DEC 2010 — Have you ever called 311? Have you even heard of this City of Vancouver information service? 311 is a multi-lingual, 24/7 service line to help citizens - like you - connect with their local government. The City’s 311 service was launched in 2009, and the system is modelled on the popular 311 services in New York, Toronto and Calgary. Through 311, you can ask questions about any city service, report issues of concern to city staff, and be connected to the relevant city department based on your inquiry. Many popular call topics are questions about garbage service, reports of garbage dumping, reporting graffiti vandalism, and community centre inquiries. As a business person, you can call 311 to connect to the City’s licensing and permit departments, report on non-emergency safety concerns, or to report if someone has dumped a mattress in the lane behind your building. If you don’t know who to turn to, the operators at 311 can help determine the correct City department to answer your inquiry or concern. It’s a great resource, and of course, always easy to remember.

Marpole Online & @marpolevillage on Twitter

DEC 2010 — The Marpole Business Association (BIA) has been updating our very popular website. features a searchable business directory - with each MBA member business featured - as well as MBA event information, photos, archived newsletter articles, and lots of community partner and general neighbourhood information.
Please take a minute to look at the site and check that your business information is correct and up-to-date. If not, let us know by email to: We're also in the social media realm with the Twitter social networking site. You can follow our daily tweets through @marpolevillage. If you have business information, special events or sales to promote, let us know and we’ll tweet about it!

New Marpole Winter Street Banners

DEC 2010 — Winter has arrived early this year. The MBA has produced two new street banner designs to reflect the changeover to the winter season. [READ MORE]

Great Marpole Trick-or-Treat 2010

NOV 2010 — Saturday, October 30, 2010 saw an incredible turnout with over 250 kids in some blocks along Granville and all participating Marpole merchants running out of candy! Photos have been added. [READ UPDATES] [POSTER] [PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS]

Fraser River Trail Grand Opening Photos


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New Crosswalk coming in 2011

OCT 2010 — After many years of lobbying, two pedestrian studies, and even a petition, the Marpole BIA is very pleased to announce that the recommendation for a new pedestrian-activated crosswalk at 66th and Granville St. will be submitted for Council's approval as part of the City's 2011 Capital Plan. This crosswalk will enable pedestrians to cross Granville St. with greater ease and safety, and allow for more east-west flow from both sides of the commercial district. The Marpole BIA will keep you posted on the construction details and time line of the new crosswalk as they become available in the new year.

New fall banners grace Granville Street

OCT 2010 — The Marpole BIA is very pleased to unveil its newest and brightest street banner design for this fall season. Designed by Ragnar Bertelsen and Diane Petheriotis, the new banners illustrate our MBA theme of tugboats, evoking our community's historic connection to the Fraser River. [READ MORE]

New MBA Board of Directors

OCT 2010 — The new 2010-2011 Board of Directors was elected at the September 29th MBA Annual General Meeting. [READ MORE]

Open House: Changes in Marpole

SEP 2010 — Areas in the Marpole community are changing. Come to an information session to learn about the proposals, emerging policy and rezoning process on Monday, September 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Marpole/Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue. There will be a panel forum followed by open discussion. [DOWNLOAD PDF]

Healthy & Happy Living Natural Food Store opens

SEP 2010 — A natural food store has opened in Marpole at 8490 Granville Street across from Marpole Safeway. For more details visit!

Great Marpole Trick-or-Treat 2010

AUG 2010 — The sixth annual Great Marpole Trick-or-Treat will take place the day before Halloween, on Saturday, October 30th, from 4 - 5 PM. Orange pumpkin decals will once again be distributed to participating merchants one week prior to the event. The decals show local trick-or-treaters that they can safely obtain candy & treats from participating Marpole merchants. Watch for your decal & more details in early October!

New Fall 2010 Street Banners

AUG 2010 — The Marpole BIA is pleased to introduce the new street banner design for the fall season. These new, colourful banners are in keeping with the long-standing tugboat design theme, representing the Marpole community’s historic connection with the Fraser River. [READ MORE]

Marpole Summerfest 2010 Update

AUG 2010 — The Tenth Annual Marpole Summerfest community celebration on Saturday, July 10th was a huge success! Thousands of people enjoyed the great street entertainment, wide variety of food, and the super merchant specials. The Fifth Annual Classic Car Show & Shine was also very popular. Many thanks to all of those participating merchants who helped make Marpole Summerfest such a success! Special thanks to our event sponsors, the Vancouver Courier, the Beat 94.5 FM, QM FM 104.5 and Safeway!

Pub-style restaurant, The Yard opens in Marpole

AUG 2010 — The Yard Cafe opened August 2010 across from Marpole Safeway on Graville Street. It's owned by the owners of Kitsilano's Fringe Cafe and South Granville's Ouisi Bistro.

Application to redevelop Marpole Safeway site

SUMMER 2010 — Henriquez Partners Architects has applied to redevelop the Marpole Safeway site including replacement of the grocery store, a 24-storey rental tower, a 14 storey condominium tower, and a 9-storey slab building consisting of townhouses at street level and condominium units above. [READ MORE]

"Ode To Marpole" Poetry Contest

JUN 2010 — Let your creative spirit sing through poetry and the written word - extol the virtues of one of Vancouver’s oldest & original neighbourhoods — Marpole. Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2010. [DETAILS] [ENTRY FORM]

Marpole Poetry Contest gets some good press

JUN 2010 — The Ode to Marpole poetry contest was featured on Kudos & Kvetches Daily in The Vancouver Courier. CBC's On the Coast program with Stephen Quinn also did a feature last Monday, June 14th, around 4:25 PM..

Fraser River Park Educational Kiosk Re-Opens

MAY 2010 — Four years of volunteer work by the Fraser River Coalition, in partnership with the park board, have paid off with the completion of an educational outdoor classroom kiosk at Fraser River Park. To mark the event, a celebration of the history of the Fraser River and its wild salmon takes place May 29, 2010 at the park from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Marpole Safeway eased parking during Olympics

APR 2010 — Marpole Safeway allowed over 50 business people to park their vehicles for free in the Safeway parking lot during the Olympic month of February greatly easing the parking situation in the commercial district while parking was banned along Granville St. during the Olympics. [READ MORE]

2010 Olympics: Impacts for Marpole

VANOC released its 2010 Olympic Transportation Plan for February 2010, and there will be significant impacts upon the Granville Street corridor. See also: and
Updated Details | Olympic Route Network Map (PDF)

SS Beaver Plaque Handover

JAN 2010 — Our official handover of the SS Beaver commemorative plaque to the Vancouver Maritime Museum's Director, Guy Matthies. He was very pleased to accept the plaque on behalf of the Museum. [READ MORE]

Marpole Cares raises food, clothing and toys

JAN 2010 — The Marpole Cares campaign raised food, clothing and toys for our needy families in Marpole this past Christmas. Special thanks to Marpole Branch Library, RBC, TD Bank, VanCity, Marpole Oakridge Family Place and the Lord's Peace Chapel. [READ MORE]

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