Category: Park Board

New washroom in Nelson Park Installed

Great news, the new washroom in Nelson Park has been installed. Potty power works. Thanks to everyone who signed the WERA petition on this issue!

Thanks to all the WERA directors and community allies who advocated for the replacement of this washroom over the years, especially Aaron Jasper and Christine Ackermann and Brent Granby.

Big thanks to the Vancouver Park Board and all the Park Board Commissioners who made this happen, including Trevor Loke, Sarah Blyth, Constance Barnes, Aaron Jasper and Niki Sharma .

Thanks to Spencer Chandra Herbert for sticking with this issue and pushing for it.

It’s wonderful to see a washroom back in the park, a good day for residents of the West End and a big improvement in the public realm in Vancouver.

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

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.

WERA in the news: News 1130 reports on the Cactus Club story

WERA president Christine Ackerman was quoted on News 1130 radio discussing the Cactus Club exit/bike lane issue (see WERA story here).

According to News 1130, “As the weather heats up, things could get ugly, according to Christine Ackerman with the West End Residents Association. She thinks Cactus Club patrons spilling out in front is dangerous to cyclists and rollerbladers.”.

Park Board seeks feedback on “A-Maze-Ing Laughter”

"A-Maze-Ing Laughter" by Yue Minjun, painted bronze, in the snow at Morton Park, English Bay

The Park Board has received an offer from the Vancouver Biennale Foundation to extend the public exhibition of this sculpture for a period of 20 years at no cost to the City, the Board or residents.

As part of the approval process, the Board is doing a public consultation, asking residents if they support the idea.

If you want to participate in the process email the Park Board at and give them your feedback. Put “Biennale Consultation” in the subject line.

The deadline is March 16th.

Ideas Fair: Communal Garden at West End Community Centre

Public Consultation: Rooftop Garden, West End Community Centre

Wednesday, October 26
3:30 – 6:30 pm
Lobby, West End Community Centre,
870 Denman Street

The Park Board is considering the installation of a communal garden on the rooftop at the West End Community Centre. Come share your vision of what the garden could be!

Public Notice West End – CC

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

Park Board seeks input on cycling in Stanley Park

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is embarking on a process to evaluate and resolve issues with cycling in Stanley Park to enhance the park experience for all users.

Everyone is invited to drop by a public open house to provide their comments which will be used to develop options to improve cycling in the park. The public will be invited to discuss and comment on these options through a public consultation later in the fall.

Open House

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: There will be two open house locations in the park—one on the plaza on the north side of Georgia Street near the underpass at Chilco Street, and the other at the Ceperley Field playground near the Second Beach Pool concession. Look for the tent and Park Board signage.

For more information on this project please visit: