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Green Door laneway to Kenneth Street open

Green Door Project co-founder David Coulson displays a new gateway open between Ingram Street
Green Door Project co-founder David Coulson displays a new gateway open between Ingram Street's Green Door House and Kenneth Street, beside Volume One bookstore.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

David Coulson's actively creative vision for downtown Duncan's revitalization recently saw what he calls a "corridor through the Telus/Green Door right of way through to Kenneth Street."

"This is the first thoroughfare in hopefully a series of lanes and paths that will connect the Saturday (Duncan Farmer's) Market visitors and vendors through the various parts of downtown Duncan, radiating from the (Ingram Street) Green Door site," said Coulson, a co-author of the city's Plan Of Action 2002 revitalization blueprint.

"The whole idea is to 'Get lost in your community."

The path was aided by Telus in attempts to "open the dark back areas of town where would-be B&E addicts often linger," explains Coulson.

"We also raised the canopy of the trees in and around the Green Door to make the gardens more inviting for the public, now with the wineries and food vendors plying their wares on site.

"'The Green Door Gardens have now become the place to be' is the quote Saturday Market (brass) have used in getting approvals for tasting licences for as many as seven vintners and cideries thus far."

As a design firm, David Coulson Design Ltd. has also been contracted by Bob Price of Price's Alarms to develop the property to the rear of the Green Door that fronts Kenneth Street," Coulson said.

"We have made one early presentation to the City of Duncan, and there is real excitement.

"The plan calls for a fully landscaped and cobblestone thoroughfare through to Kenneth Street from Ingram Street that could allow the Saturday Market to grow even larger to adjoining parking lots on Kenneth Street."

Price has given interim permission for the Saturday  Market to use the laneway while still in the planning stages.

"The minute the pathway was opened, families and strollers were taking advantage of the new access path and marvelling in the shade provided by the Green Door Gardens," noted Coulson.

He and the late Bob Milman used their own money in 2001 to save the heritage Green Door house from becoming a parking lot.

The house now holds MP Jean Crowder's office, and is a core oasis.

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