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.”
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
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.
Trans Am Totem is the latest installation of the Vancouver Biennale, part of the 2014–2016 Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum supporting public art.
At night the Trans-Am car on top of the totem is lit with a green light.
This is in solidarity with residents in the northeast False Creek neighbourhood … who have green lights in their windows to remind the City of Vancouver and developer Concord Pacific of their now 25-year-old agreement with the residents to complete Creekside Park and the Sea-wall at the northeast corner of False Creek.
Each weekday, CKNW-AM (Vancouver) broadcasts an editorial commentary by Bruce Allen called Reality Check, in which Allen provides his point of view on a current event or recent news story.
On Thursday, March 12, 2015, during his editorial comment on Tacky Homes, Movie Theatres & Green Lights, Allen said he was sorry to hear about our judicial review loss and encouraged us: “Keep those green lights going people—if only to remind us that in Vancouver today developers rule.”
False Creek residents are tired of waiting, so they’ve taken it upon themselves to green light a planned community park to stunning effect.
The emerald glow emanating from hundreds of condos along northeast False Creek over the last five weeks have generated plenty of curiosity and chatter from passersby wondering whether the spectacle is a new kind of urban art installation or something completely different.
The reality is that False Creek residents are fed up waiting for Concord Pacific to build a designated park – one that has been promised to residents since 1990 – along the seawall and they’ve found a rather creative way to protest the lack of community green space.
Concord Pacific agreed with the city and province to designate the north lot as park space in exchange for building 7,500 units of housing in False Creek.
And while that housing target was built – and long since exceeded – the lot remains vacant and tied into the developer’s long-term vision for the area.
Vancouver councillor Geoff Meggs agreed development of the park is long overdue, but said the ball is firmly in Concord Pacific’s court.
“It’s a 25-year plan and we’ve worked hard with them on creating a better layout for that area,” said Meggs. “We’ve been in discussions but it’s up to them to clear up legal and technical issues and apply for rezoning.”
However, Meggs says significant progress has been made in the past 18 months (including a city proposal to tear down the Georgia viaduct and expand potential park space) and believes a formal proposal from the developer is “imminent”.
But until then, more and more residents – who say the park should be built independent of the overall development plan – are buying green light bulbs and joining the public demonstration.
“We hit the ground running and we won’t stop. In five weeks we’re up to 500 bulbs sold. Soon it will be 1,000 and then 1,500,” said MacKenzie. “People know we’re up against a brick wall and want to get our message out.”
MacKenzie says the campaign has been so successful, other community associations are interested in replicating it as neighbourhoods face rapid development.