Iva Mann Walk

The Iva Mann Walk was designated in 1993 by Metro Vancouver (then the Greater Vancouver Regional District) to publically recognize Iva Viola Mann and her determined work to establish Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Before the park was set aside, these forests were part of the University Endowment Lands.

Over the years, much of the land was developed, becoming home to the University of BC, as well as residential and commercial properties. Iva Mann and her husband Ken were one of those homeowners. In 1951, when someone clearcut a property behind their house – chopping down a beautiful Pacific dogwood tree in the process – it sparked Iva’s determination to preserve the remaining forest.

Iva was passionate and relentless in her vision. Over the years, she obtained government grants totaling $750,000, mobilized a community effort, and in the late 1970s began clearing the first trails.

In 1976, Iva became a director of Electoral Area A and served on the then GVRD Parks Committee and GVRD board. She continued her pursuit to save the remaining forested lands. Over the years, she lobbied a variety of people in power, including prime ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, cabinet ministers, mayors and university officials, earning a reputation as a strong and respected individual.

Finally, in 1989, close to 900 hectares of forest and foreshore were set aside as Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

“Without the determination of Director Mann and her park supporters” noted a staff report, “the establishment of Pacific Spirit would not have been possible or might have been much less.”

Iva retired as a director in 1993 after 17 years of service. She remains as one of the longest serving Park Committee member in the history of the organization. In her retirement, Iva remained involved with Pacific Spirit Regional Park until her death in 2011 at the age of 94.