2017 All-Candidates Meeting for Vancouver-False Creek

-Presented by the False Creek Residents Association

Join us on Thursday, April 27, 7:00 PM at Creekside Community Centre as the False Creek Residents Association invites the provincial candidates for Vancouver-False Creek to participate in an All-Candidates meeting. This is your opportunity to ask questions and hear from the candidates on the issues that are important to the residents of False Creek prior to the May 9 Provincial Election.

The candidates for Vancouver – False Creek (Listed alphabetically):

James Filippelli – Your Political Party of BC (YPP)
Morgane Oger –  BC NDP
Phillip Ryan – BC Citizens First Party
Bradley Shende – BC Green Party
Sam Sullivan – BC Liberal Party (Incumbent)

The False Creek Residents Association is a non-partisan, volunteer-run neighbourhood group dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone that lives around and visits False Creek—the heart of the city of Vancouver. For more information, visit us at www.falsecreekresidents.org.

CBC: Viaduct-free visions: Vancouver Champs-Élysées or lost public waterfront park?

As our own Patsy McMillan from the False Creek Residents Association notes in this CBC article, there are still real concerns about the definition of the park, and specifics about the design of the roads what will replace the viaducts, and of course the issues about how the toxic soil will dealt with and where it will be put. We’re keeping a close eye.

Read:

Viaduct-free visions: Vancouver Champs-Élysées or lost public waterfront park? – CBC

False Creek residents wary of viaduct-free park design

City presents plans to develop last waterfront property in the city after Dunsmuir, Georgia viaducts removal

CBC News Posted: Feb 03, 2017 11:40 AM PT

The chair of the False Creek Residents Association is wary about the city’s plans to develop what some call the last major undeveloped waterfront property in the city.

The city has put forward plans to develop the Northeast False Creek area after the removal the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.

In addition to thousands of new residential units and a commercial district, the city’s plans include 9 hectares of multi-use park land which connects and expands existing park space like Creekside Park and Andy Livingstone Park.

The city has selected James Corner Field Operations, the same landscape architecture firm that designed New York’s renowed High Line Park, to develop the park space.

False Creek Residents Association chair Patsy McMillan, who is also a member of the stewardship group for the development area, said the park space is long overdue.

McMillan said the city and developer Concord Pacific have a contractual agreement dating back to 1990 that when the developer puts in over 7,000 residential units, they would to provide a certain amount of park space.

A detailed map of park space and future developments in the Northeast False Creek area. (City of Vancouver)

Not all of that park space was delivered, she said, and McMillan is worried the city won’t be able to deliver on this newly promised park space.

“Our concern is where is that acreage? We’ve asked on several occasions and we keep getting told not to worry, it’s there. But nobody can actually tell us where it is,” she said. “There’s been no survey done of the land to show exactly where that size is.”

McMillan’s biggest concern is there won’t be enough green space or “breathing room” with all of the extra density introduced by the residential units.

“The city says ‘don’t worry, it will be there. It’ll be a beautiful park.’ But I’m not sure I’ll see it in my lifetime,” she said.

An open house on the proposed park design takes place Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT at the International Village Mall.

To listen to the interview, click on the link labelled False Creek resident wary of viaduct-free park design

Get involved—Northeast False Creek

Over the fall, we heard from thousands of people about what they would like to see
in Northeast False Creek.

Come learn about the emerging directions and let us know if we’re on the right track. Check out information boards, chat with city staff, learn more about the planning process and get a bird’s eye view with our 3D model.
Pop-Up Planning Storefront!

International Village Mall at 88 W. Pender Street (at Abbott St.)

January 31-February 7, 2017
10am-5pm daily (Closed Sunday)

NEFC Project team staff members will be available to answer questions at 2 main
open houses:

• Thursday, February 2, 5pm – 8pm
• Saturday, February 4, 11am – 4pm
Interested in a specific topic? Join us on a focus day!

• PLAY + WORK – Tuesday, January 31, 10am – 5pm
• LIVE – Wednesday, February 1, 10am – 5pm
• PARKS + OPEN SPACE – Friday, February 3, 10am – 5pm
• STREETS – Monday, February 6, 10am – 5pm
• ARTS + CULTURE – Tuesday, February 7, 10am – 5pm

For more information please visit:
vancouver.ca/nefc

Help shape your flats

Please join us on Wednesday, January 25th for our final open house and see how your input has helped to shape the draft plan for your False Creek Flats.

Come out anytime between 5 and 8 pm to learn more about the plan, ask questions to City staff, and provide your feedback on the proposed policies poised to shape the future of the area.

Look over the material while enjoying local, Flats-made food and beverages from C’est Si Bon and Strange Fellows Brewing.

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 5 to 8 pm
Where: 281 Industrial Avenue (enter off of Southern St.)

The False Creek Flats Planning Team
Vancouver.ca/falsecreekflats

Does your family live or play in Northeast False Creek?

NEFC Area Families Workshop Register now!

Join us for a fun and interactive drop-in workshop to learn about the upcoming NEFC Area Planning process and to share your ideas for the future of the neighbourhood.screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-12-06-37-pm

When: Thursday December 15, 2016 6:30-9:00pm*
Where: Creekside Community Centre – Multipurpose Room 4

*Short presentations at 7:00pm and 8:00pm

Already a hub of events, culture, and sports, Northeast False Creek is the last major undeveloped waterfront in downtown Vancouver. In October 2015, Council approved a conceptual plan that included the replacement of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts and directed staff to proceed with the creation of an area plan.

More info can be found at www.vancouver.ca/nefc

This is a family friendly event – there will be a children’s activity area with a LEGO table, arts + crafts & more!

Please feel free to email nefc@vancouver.ca if you have any questions.

Register here.

Historic Lord Strathcona Elementary Opens First Seismic Safe—and Accessible—Building

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Lord Strathcona Elementary

Originally constructed in 1891 and located in the city’s downtown eastside, Lord Strathcona is one of the oldest continuously operating schools in BC. It is the only elementary school in the area and has legal heritage designation from the City of Vancouver.

The first of the three seismically safe buildings opened to over 200 students yesterday. Not only is the new building compliant with current building code performance requirements, it’s been transformed into a bright, open and welcoming space. It also has some much needed improvements for accessibility.

As one parent commented, “MLA Sam Sullivan (came) to visit Lord Strathcona (but) was not able to enter because it was not accessible to those in a wheelchair or even a parent with a child in a stroller. Today, the lower part of the building is accessible. Soon the school will be fully accessible to all!”

When complete, the structurally upgraded school will accommodate up to 510 students, including 60 kindergarten students and 450 grades 1-7 students, and will include additional space for a Neighbourhood Learning Centre to serve the school and area residents with the Lord Strathcona Community Centre.

Reminder: Notice of Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the False Creek Residents Association (FCRA) Annual General Meeting

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Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

Media Room
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC

Guest Speaker: Dr. Matsen of the Squamish Streamkeepers Society

Everyone welcome—bring a neighbour!

21 acres of park!

CityStudio Invites you!

CityStudio is an innovation and experimentation hub between the city and the six public universities in Vancouver to launch projects on the ground and help the city’s strategic objectives.

This year, they are working with the North East False Creek planning committee and the Public Art Boost to create projects that will activate the space and inform its development.iz-final-poster

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Five projects will launch between 12 noon and 7pm around the Sea Wall.

StareChairs: Re-imagining art through relaxation
An urban furniture installation that invites community members to sit and participate through interactive mural art.
Location: Waterfront steps @ the Plaza of Nations
Time: 12:00-4:30pm

Teatalk: Free conversation over a free cup of tea.
A mobile tea cart travels around the seawall creating conversation and sparking new relationships.
Location: Northeast False Creek seawall.
Time: 12:00-6:00pm

Umbrella Taxi: Vancouver’s Driest Conversation
Duck under an umbrella for a whimsical walk through beautiful North East False Creek.
Location: NE False Creek Seawall
Time: 12:00-5:00pm

Food Recovery Project: Working with Vancouver Coastal Health and YOU to build a Zero Waste Food Future by sharing successful stories in Vancouver. Come share your ideas for a zero food waste community in Northeast False Creek and learn about what is already happening all around Vancouver.
Location: Gazebo next to the Telus World of Science
Time: 12:00-4:00pm

IllumiLane: integrating light and art into bike and walk ways
IllumiLane is a lit up and interactive path to promote walking and cycling as safe and fun transportation choices, even at night. We will be launching with a slowest bike challenge, glow soccer and facepaint.
Location: Seawall between Science World and Concord Show room
Time: 4:00-7:00pm