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A Garden and Community Clean-up Nov 6 @ 11am

MOBY Community Association invites the community to:

A Garden and Community Clean-up

When: Nov 6th from 11am to 2pm

Where: 1735 and 1736 E 11th Ave Larry Young Park and MOBY Garden

What: We will be planting several groundcovers including: salal, oregano and clover. Plus other plants that were unfortunately stolen or died over the past year.


Remember June 6th 2009;:200 volunteers making a better place for everyone to enjoy!

A few hours of your time will make your community a better place to live, plus you will get to know many or your great neighbours that live right here.

Refreshments will be served to volunteers.

Email for more details


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Local Heroes Article in Metro

A prize for everyday heroes

Community group wants nominations for plaque in park

kristen thompson/metro vancouver

MOBY members Peter Finch, left, and Tina Dam at Larry Young Memorial Park off Commercial Drive yesterday.

April 15, 2010 5:24 a.m.

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You don’t have to be a high-profile Vancouverite to get your name on a plaque — in fact a low-profile hero is just what an East Vancouver community group is looking for.

MOBY (My Own Back Yard) is accepting nominees until April 30 to pay homage to two people who have done something positive for East Vancouver, said Tina Dam, the group’s chair.

The winners will have their names put on a plaque on June 5 at Larry Young Memorial Park — a playground nestled in a small lot under the SkyTrain track at Commercial Drive and East 11th Avenue.

“It’s a nod to everyday citizens,” Dam said. “And it encourages those people who are able to do great things to do more, and to say, ‘If (someone else) can do it, why can’t I?’”

The park was built to transform a derelict space into a playground for a neighbourhood without a green area, and to honour Vancouver police Sgt. Larry Young, who was killed in the line of duty in 1987.

“Because we live in a big city … we seem fragmented,” Dam said.

“If we can bring a little of that (community feeling) back, then let’s bring that back.”

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The more we get together the happier we’ll be….

On March 16th MOSAIC Daycare invited SPEC and MOBY to work with the children of the daycare. What a wonderful time we had. We were introduced to Oscar the Escargot (snail puppet) who read us a story about growing a bean. We then all pretended to be a growing bean. Growing 1st our roots, then our stems and leaves and flowers… a little bee ( buzz, buzz, buzz) came along to pollinate. We then grew our beans, some were eaten, some were replanted and we started the growing dance all over again. It was time to plant peas so we could see how real seeds grow. We will plant the seedling in the MOSAIC garden patch soon.

It was a beautiful sunny day so we went outside to plant some sunflower seed. We cannot wait to see the big sunny faces of the sun flower this summer.

Thank you to Alicia from SPEC and all the wonderful children at MOSAIC.

…and your friends are my friends… and my friends are your….

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Sharing Art and so much more!

How sweet of the children from MOSAIC Daycare sharing their art with the community. It is these moments on a beautiful spring day with the blossoms blooming on the trees, the sun on your face, and the sounds of children laughing and the sweetness of a child’s drawing that tell how wonderful the world is. Please take a moment in the next few days to capture these moments, take them in and pass on the amazing feeling to the community around you.

That is why the Larry Young Park and Local Heroes Pathway was built. To experience and  share these moments.


Art in the playground

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Looking for Volunteers @ Larry Young Playground and Local Hero’s Pathway

We need your help!

The new plants need water.

The playground needs watering!

Many new plants and shrubs have been planted at our lovely new playgound and pathway. We have had rain but we must make sure they are getting watered every other day.


March 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30  April 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

Local Hero’s pathway:

March 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 April 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29

If it rains on the day you would signed up to water. Just go down to the playground or pathway and check under the skytrain  line to make sure that area is wet. If it is wet- head on home, if not please give that area a good soak.

Please email us at if you would like to help.

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And the torch went by….

And the torch went by. It was rather exciting. One minute I was at the Local Heroes pathway alone and the next minute a couple hundred people are lining the streets. It was amazing to feel the energy and the excitement of the crowd. There was a bit of a commercial feel to the whole event, I was happy to be there telling people about the Local Heroes Award. Now we just need to wait for all those nominations to come in and read the wonderful stories.

Tina @ MOBY

Warning us it is coming

Warning us it is coming

The corporate message

The corporate message

and corporate messages

and corporate messages

sending out our message

sending out our message

Here it comes...

Here it comes...

It's here!

It's here!

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Playground now a dumping ground?

Working hard to make it beautiful
We worked hard to make it beautiful.
dumping in play ground
Is the the place for your old desk?

February 8th was a sad day for me, another plant was stolen from the Playground and someone dumped  a broken desk in our Local Heros pathway. Why are people doing this? Do they not realize it is hurting their community, their neighbours? Now MOBY has to arrange to get rid of this broken desk and pay to have the stolen plant and many of the other plants that were stolen replaced.

People have suggested the plants are stolen for the playground because it looks so good, the thieves are assuming it is the City that runs this park. My question is then; why are people stealing from the City? Is it not our taxes that are paying for those stolen plants?

I think when people steal, or damage property they think they are hurt only a faceless business or organization… but someone is paying. When you steal from a store, it makes prices go up or someone could lose their job. When you damage property,  the moneys used to repair the damage now can not go towards another project.

Most of us do not steal, but maybe we turn a blind eye to what we see in the world. If you see someone dumping take down their licence plate and call the non emergency number 604 717-3321. When you are told a story on how a friend took a few plants from the neighbourhood park; tell that person “that is not cool”.

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