Category: Parks & Environment

Parks

New washroom in Nelson Park Installed

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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.

Port of Metro Van’s land use plan consultation begins

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From the Port Metro Vancouver;

Land use plan update:

Consultation and comment period begins. The public consultation period began on February 1o and runs through to April 13, 2014. All consultation materials are posted online at Port Talk.

Draft Land Use Plan
Interactive Designation Map
Discussion Guide Feedback Form
Discussion Sessions and Webinars

Have question for the Port of Metro Van? landuseplan@portmetrovancouver.com

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!

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Community Plan Open Houses

Mark your calendars for the next set of open houses which will cover the refined community plan draft directions.

Wednesday, June 19, 4-7 pm at Best Western Sands Hotel (1755 Davie)

Saturday, June 22, 1-4 pm at West End Strawberry Festival (Barclay Heritage Square)

Tuesday, June 25, 4-7 pm at Blue Horizon Hotel (1225 Robson)


ABOUT THE WEST END COMMUNITY PLAN

In April 2012, the City initiated a new Community Planning process for the West End. When completed, the plan will provide long-range guidance on a variety of issues – including housing, transportation, parks and public space, social issues, arts, culture, heritage and more. The new plan will replace the older West End Commercial Policy Plan (1986) and West End Residential Areas Policy Plan (1987).

For information on our planning work to date, upcoming events and opportunities for public involvement, please stay in touch via the following means:

Web & List-serv sign-up: vancouver.ca/westendplan
Email: westendplan@vancouver.ca
Twitter: @westendplan
Telephone: 3-1-1

 

West End All Candidates Debate: April 25

A collective of West End community groups, including WERA, are working together to host an All Candidates Debate for the BC election.

Mark your calendars!

April 25, from 7-9pm at Central Presbyterian Church, 1155 Thurlow.


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Celebrate Earth Day in Stanley Park

Earth Day (April 22) is celebrated every year with events across Canada and the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection and action, and now has never been a more important time to get involved.

On Sunday, April 21, Vancouverites can learn more about local ecology and take environmental action by heading over to Stanley Park where Stanley Park Ecology Society is putting on two community events.

A family-friendly interpretative Earth Day walk with a focus on forest ecosystems and their role in creating a healthy planet takes place at 10 am-12 noon. Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House, under the viewing plaza on Lost Lagoon (north end of Alberni Street).  Participation is free.

If you want to get involved in taking hands-on action with other volunteers to conserve Stanley Park’s native biodiversity from alien invasive plant species, meet SPES at the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion at 12:30 pm for a 2 ½ hour outdoor event. For this particular event we ask you to pre-register by Friday, April 19; stewardship@stanleyparkecology.ca or 604-718-6547. The event is free and all tools are supplied.   Wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

For more details go to www.stanleyparkecology.ca/events

Want to help grow the urban forest? Get a tree from the TreeKeepers

treesWEWRThe TreeKeepers Program is now offering discounted trees is six pilot neighbourhoods and the West End is one of the selected communities. One can obtain a discounted tree by register at TreeKeepers. TreeKeepers is a Greenest City 2020 program to plant more trees on private property. Partners include Tree City, the EYA, The City of Vancouver, The Vancouver Foundation and you, if you choose to plant a tree.

Residents of the West End must pre-register and pre-pay online at TreeKeepers. Choose from a selection of 10 tree species, including varieties suitable for small spaces such as balconies. Prices are $10 for trees in small pots and $20 for fruit tees in larger 5-gal containers. Trees will be included in the TreeKeepers database and monitored in the future by Citzen Forester volunteers. All trees paid for must be picked up on the distribution day:

West End Community Centre
870 Denman St.
Saturday May 4
2pm – 4 pm

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 www.stanleyparkecology.ca/photo-contest/

Community Plan Open Houses: April 4, 6, 9

West End Community Plan DirectionsOpen HousesThe following announcements are messages from the City’s West End Community Planning Team.

Plan directions open houses

Since the planning process launched in April 2012, we’ve received a wide range of feedback from residents, businesses and other stakeholders which has helped shape a set of directions. Drop-in to an open house to learn more about the directions and have your say. Your input will help refine the directions and create a draft plan.

Thursday, April 4, 4-7pm
Best Western Sands Hotel, 1755 Davie Street

Saturday, April 6, 11am-2pm
West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street

Tuesday, April 9, 4-7pm
Blue Horizon Hotel, 1225 Robson Street


What do you think of the housing issues we have identified in the West End? 

Were you unable to attend our housing info session Feb 26th? View our consultation materials under the ‘documents’ tab (vancouver.ca/westendplan), then give us your comments by filling out our questionnaire. Materials provide you with an opportunity to find out more about the housing issues facing the West End, and also what we’ve heard about housing from both the community and the area housing providers. The feedback you provide here will help inform the draft West End Community Plan directions that we will be coming out with April 4, 6, and 9.

The survey is open until March 24, 2013.

City Living Room project: March 11

Hello there,

I’m designing a new kind of mobile library for Vancouver parks and orphaned spaces and I need your help!

The City Living Room is a pilot project expected to launch late this summer in the West End. It’s about recreating the library as a “third place”, or a comfortable public place that fosters informal community interaction. The library collection will change according to community input and interest.

What would you like to see in your neighbourhood park?  Would you like a workshop on how to grow a vegetable garden? Or are you interested in string theory or motorcycles? Would you like workshops, community conversations, screenings?

Join the conversation at the Roundhouse Community Centre on Monday, March 11th from 6-8PM.

RSVP at: http://citylivingroom.eventbrite.com/#

Thanks!

Katie Mah

I’m a 4th year Emily Carr design student and this is my graduation project. Vancouver Public Library is prepared to supply materials and support. Supported by Vancouver Public Library, the West End Community Planning Team, and the Vancouver Foundation Small Neighbourhood Grant

Feel free to pass this on to whoever you think might be interested! 

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