Category: Nelson Park

Public Walk: Comox-Helmcken Greenway June 29

The City is accepting feedback on the road construction of the long-awaited Comox-Helmcken Greenway.

WERA is hosting a public walk of the Greenway on June 29th. We’ll get started at 11:00 am from the corner of Comox & Chilco. A City Engineer will join us to answer our questions about the construction efforts. Everyone is welcome!

Greenway Walk poster

SPES Photo Contest

cameraAs part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, and Stanley Park’s 125th, Stanley Park Ecology Society is hosting a photo contest for Vancouverites from April 6 through 14, 2013. Participation is free.

The contest features three categories: nature, places and people. There’s also a special category strictly for youth entries (up to 18 years).

The contest judges are Vancouver-based wildlife photographer, National Geographic Explorer and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Paul Colangelo; Juno-award winner Ben Worcester of Said the Whale; and entrepreneur and award-winning blogger Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss 604).

Details of the photo contest at

WERA in the News: Nelson Park waits for washroom

WERA’s petition and portapotty campaign to raise awareness about the need for a public washroom in Nelson Park was featured in the Georgia Straight, online and in print, on August 23.

“People want it [a washroom],” WERA president Christine Ackermann told the Straight, noting that more than 500 people have signed the petition (which is available online here).

Link to the Georgia Straight article:

West Enders demand public washroom in Nelson Park

WERA Porta-potty at Nelson Park
The WERA porta-potty at Nelson Park. West Enders want a permanent, public washroom in the park.

For the first time in five years, there was a toilet in Nelson Park today.

Unfortunately, the toilet, a port-a-potty rented by the West End Residents Association, was only there temporarily, part of a campaign to raise public awareness that the popular park has been without a public washroom since the park was re-landscaped in 2007.

More than 100 West Enders signed WERA’s petition calling on the Park Board to install a permanent public washroom in Nelson Park. The petition can still be signed online at the WERA website (

WERA president Christine Ackermann said a permanent washroom is needed by all the park users, including children, seniors, strollers, dog owners and vendors and customers of the weekly West End Farmers Market.

She said the petition will be delivered to the Park Board, in the hope that the Board will expedite installation of a washroom in Nelson Park.

Sign the Petition for a Washroom in Nelson Park

August 17-20, 2012 – WERA has rented a porta potty for the weekend and has it installed in Nelson Park.

The West End has waited long enough! Nelson Park needs a public washroom! Please sign the online petition.

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Information session on toilet in Nelson Park

Information Session – Nelson Park Public Toilet

Thursday, October 27 
4:30 – 7:30 pm
Lord Roberts Annex
1150 Nelson St.

The Park Board will be installing an accessible automated public toilet unit in Nelson Park in the coming months. You are invited to an information session to view the design and location and to ask questions of Park Board staff.

Public Notice

Community BBQ serves close to 400 people in the West End

WERA extends a heartfelt thank you to the WERA directors, volunteers and friends who helped make our community bbq a successful event.

A special thanks goes to Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for cooking up the weiners, Kati Ackermann for chopping up the watermelon, and to Councillor Andrea Reimer for serving up the buns.

We served 380 hot dogs, 8 watermelons, and 30L of lemonade to a hungry crowd in Nelson Park.  The sun was shining and everyone had a fun time! WERA looks forward to being able to do this again next summer.

Check out the photos at this link.


WERA submission for Park Board Capital Plan

Aaron Jasper, Chair
Vancouver Park Board
2099 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, V6G 1Z4

Dear Mr. Jasper,

RE: Submission for Capital Plan 2012-2014

I write on behalf of the West End Residents Association (WERA) to advocate for improvements to the built environment of the West End as part of the 2012-2014 Capital Plan.

The West End is one of the most densely populated communities in Vancouver. Many West End residents live in apartments and we tend to consider the public space of our community as our backyard. As such, improvements to public spaces in the West End are important to increase livability and to promote a more active and healthy lifestyle. These improvements will lead to happier and healthier citizens and communities.

With this philosophy in mind, WERA respectfully submits the following list of capital projects in the West End for inclusion in the 2012-2014 Capital Plan.

  • Replacement of the Washroom in Nelson Park
  • Replacements to ground surfaces in Nelson Park for the kids play area and the dog run
  • Integration of the Comox St. Greenway into Nelson Park
  • Development of a new pocket park at Comox and Broughton St.
  • Upgrades to pocket parks through-out the West End

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