Granville Island didn’t have any green space until the 1970s. The “Mound” in Ron Basford Park was actually a large pile of fill and concrete that was cleaned up from the rest of the Island during redevelopment. The area was then covered with topsoil and grass, resulting in the green oasis we know today.
Need for Green
The six buildings that make up the Public Market once housed companies that manufactured and sold equipment for the logging, mining and shipping industries.
The Kids Market’s 25 shops, services and activities are located next to the pond at the entrance to Granville Island....
Granville Island was initially named Industrial Island, but “Granville”, named after the bridge that runs directly overhead, was the name that stuck.