Developer’s 3.5-acre ‘community park’ includes ball hockey court, ping pong tables, beach volleyball, amphitheatre
Grant Lawrence / Vancouver Courier
DECEMBER 3, 2018 03:05 PM
For years, if you’ve ever walked, jogged, or cycled along the north False Creek seawall, you’d be used to seeing a barren, cracked concrete wasteland in that ugly armpit of the city — a no man’s land between Science World and the former Plaza of Nations.
If you think about it, it’s shocking that prime waterfront property has remained undeveloped for more than three decades since Expo 86. Over those years, that vast and mostly vacant space, owned by Concord Pacific, has been occasionally used for special events such as the Molson Indy (from 1990 to 2004), Cirque de Soleil, or that outdoor dinner where everyone wears white. But mostly, the land has sat inexplicably drab and empty.
Thirty years ago, a deal between the provincial government and a private developer earmarked six large lots in Yaletown for affordable housing. Several weeks ago, the city announced affordable housing would be built on just three of the lots.
Two business tycoons waged a little-known and vicious battle in and out of B.C. court over six empty Yaletown lots, assessed at a pittance because for three decades they have been designated for affordable housing.
The high-stakes feud quietly escalated in B.C. courtrooms over several years, pulling in heirs, related companies and executives from the two sides. It dragged some reputations through the mud and, at times, left Vancouver city officials hanging in the middle.
We are very sad to learn about the recent passing of FCRA Board member Merv Therriault. A friend to many, Merv had been active in the False Creek community for many years. His depth of knowledge, energy, and unmatched sense of humour will be dearly missed by those who worked with him and got to know him.
The False Creek Residents Association has issued the following statement regarding future plans for Creekside Park and the proposed Northeast False Creek Area Plan.
“The FCRA is excited about the prospect of a long promised new park. However, the western boundary should remain as the present day Carrall St. Greenway to provide maximum waterfront park space and leave the current boundaries of Andy Livingstone Park intact.
The City of Vancouver’s current park concept plan is not in keeping with the vision of a waterfront oriented park space. It does not meet the vision of a park for Vancouver citizens that was contractually agreed on with Concord Pacific nearly three decades ago, and who has benefited from tax breaks, and profited from having a presentation centre on the park site during that timeframe.”
Residents of The National (1128 Quebec Street) have put out a document that shows serious concern over the City of Vancouver’s proposal to move Carrall eastward. The document outlines the City’s move that would allow more Concord Pacific condos on the shoreline and less waterfront park space.
“The most recent park design gives Concord Pacific more waterfront property to build residential towers, while shifting the Creekside Park extension to the area under the Skytrain line and next to the new six-lane Pacific Ave.”
“The original development plan for Creekside Park promised in 1990 was a contiguous east-west park alignment. Currently, the City of Vancouver is proposing a north-south alignment to the park, thus moving the park further away from the waterfront.”
Plans for a new neighbourhood on the existing Plaza of Nations site were revealed earlier this week. The proposal aims to add 1400 new units to the area, along with retail, restauraunts & gardens. The developer is proposing a new Community Centre with an ice rink that would partially serve as a practice rink for the Vancouver Canucks as a Community amenity.
Here’s how the plans were received by the local news media this week:
Come join us at Citygate Saturday, June 24 for a Community Fair. Lots of fun to be had for all ages, while getting to know more about the neighbourhood and the people who live here! More details available on the Facebook event page for the Community Fair:
Here’s a chance to give your thoughts and input on the future of Northeast False Creek. The City of Vancouver is holding a Block Party to present an early draft of what they’ve heard over the last 10 months. We encourage all residents of False Creek to drop by and discuss the future of our community.
Where: Andy Livingston Park at Carrall Street. When: Saturday, June 10, 11am – 7pm
The City of Vancouver have created a draft Policy Statement to guide the development of the new St. Paul’s Hospital on the False Creek Flats. They’ll be holding two Open Houses to give members of the public an opportunity to review the proposals.
The Open Houses are:
Saturday, May 13 – 3:00 – 6:00 PM – Creekside Community Centre
Monday, May 15 – 5:00 – 8:00 PM – Strathcona Community Centre
For information on the City of Vancouver’s approach to this development so far, visit the link below:
Over 100 people filled the room at Creekside Community Centre to hear the candidates from Vancouver – False Creek for the 2017 BC Provincial Election. It was a lively evening with interesting views on several issues of concern to residents of the area. The False Creek Residents Association is proud to have hosted this event. A big thanks to all in attendance, and especially to the six candidates who participated.
For those who couldn’t attend, here is a video of the entire meeting. Election day is May 9, and there are advance polls beforehand. Please get out and vote!