Emily Jackson Metro Published on Sat Nov 14 2015
Some False Creek residents are shaking their heads at a motion asking the Vancouver park board to pen a letter thanking the mayor and council for voting to tear down the viaducts, a choice that will result in a larger park next to False Creek.
Vision Vancouver commissioner Catherine Evans put forward the motion asking her fellow board members to commend council’s decision, calling it a “major step forward” to making the park a reality after being held up for years by land use issues.
But the False Creek Residents Association believes it’s way too soon to congratulate council since there are still unanswered questions about the park, according to an email from co-chair Fern Jeffries.
“It is shameful that you would waste time considering a cheerleading activity when there is so much serious work to be done,” Fern Jeffries wrote in an email.
It’s not clear why the size of the park has increased to 13 acres from nine acres when it appears to include restaurants and bars at Georgia Wharf, closes Carrall Street to cars and gets rid of a slice of Andy Livingstone Park, Jeffries wrote.
Her letter appeared to express the view of the association, which consists of people in more than 20 high-rise buildings in the neighbourhood.
But Evans’ motion will face an uphill battle considering Vision is the only party that supported removing the viaducts. The Non-Partisan Association, which voted against the tear down, holds a majority on the park board. Read more…
There won’t be much impact on traffic, there will be a bigger Creekside Park, and the $200-million cost of tearing down the massive structures will be covered by a projected $300 million in community amenity contributions, development cost levies and land sales in the neighbourhood.
But there are skeptics…
Most of the criticism of the plan for the viaducts was levelled at the timeline for Creekside Park, which may not be finished for another decade.
False Creek residents have been angry at the city and Concord Pacific for years because of delays in completing the park — there are an estimated 1,500 green lights hanging in windows throughout the neighbourhood as a protest.
On Tuesday, council voted in favour of a staff recommendation to tear down the viaducts. Green Coun. Adriane Carr tried to add an amendment that stated the park should be finished by 2024, but was rebuffed.
“The people of False Creek have been waiting 25 years for the delivery of Creekside Park,” she said. “Supposedly bringing down the viaducts will facilitate the faster development of that park, and certainly Vision has been lauding the park delivery as a key part of the viaducts decision.
“(But) when I put it into the form of an amendment, they said that would be a false promise, and they couldn’t necessarily deliver it, and it was out of our hands.”
Meggs voted against Carr’s amendment…READ MORE