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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.

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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

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.

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

 

YOU’RE INVITED

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Help us kick-start the next phase of planning for Northeast False Creek! Enjoy live music, food trucks, a pop-up bar, and family friendly activities while learning about the upcoming process and sharing your ideas for the future of NEFC.

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 5:30-9:00pm
Location: Plaza of Nations (777 Pacific Boulevard)

The event is open to everyone, please feel free to share!

As part of our process to create a plan for this area, we are asking you to share your ideas for its future.

Kind Regards,
The Northeast False Creek Planning Team


ABOUT THE NORTHEAST FALSE CREEK AREA PLAN: 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.

LEARN MORE: Visit the website to view a map of the area, stay up to date with progress and view documents and details related to the Northeast False Creek planning process.

To join our email list, visit our  Northeast False Creek Website.

City of Vancouver,
453 W 12th Avenue,
Vancouver, B.C., V5Y 1V4

Science World Boss Retiring After 18 Years

Roundhouse Radio 98.3 by Marcella Bernardo

The outgoing CEO of Vancouver’s Science World is confident he’s leaving the popular tourist attraction and learning centre in good hands.photo

Bryan Tisdall, who’s retiring after 18 years in charge, says his successor—Scott Sampson—was born and raised in Vancouver, but recently worked at a natural history museum in Denver.

“Scott is a paleontologist by background and has significant experience in the science museum field, so he’s returning home with a lot of enthusiasm to continue and set new directions and goals for Science World.”

Tisdall says he’ll miss interacting with his co-workers the most.

“One of the things that I will miss and I’m going to have to replace.”

“At any point are you planning to sleep in at all?”

“Well, sleep in beyond a quarter to five, which has been my normal pattern, but not beyond six I don’t think. You still want to get up and go and not let too much time go by without enjoying it.”

Tisdall was the guest of honour at a retirement celebration hosted by Science World tonight (Wednesday).

He’s worked there since November 1997.

Vancouver to ban floating billboards

News Talk 980 CKNW | Vancouver’s News. Vancouver’s Talk
Simon Little

It’s official, the city of Vancouver is moving to ban floating billboards.

The move comes after a 12-meter wide boat and barge mounted billboard appeared in False Creek in March, drawing numerous complaints from residents.

Last night, Council moved to amend the city’s sign bylaw, banning all floating signs larger than one square meter.

The move followed a staff report on the issue, which says the sign by-law does currently regulate signs “on waters within the boundaries of the City, including False Creek and English Bay,” and adds some of those waters are also under Port Metro Vancouver’s jurisdiction, which also bans floating advertisements.

Patsy McMillan with the False Creek Residents Association says it was the right move.

“We’re very pleased about it. We’re pleased that the city has taken the initiative and the city manager has taken this initiative to get serious about. It because it’s a visual pollution intrusion into all of our lives.

MacMillan says on top of the light pollution blasting into residents’ homes, the billboard was polluting the air as well.

“It’s also polluting the air itself, because you’ve got a rather large vessel that’s using fuel that’s going around from False Creek to English bay and back from 7 am until 11 pm seven days a week, that’s a lot of fuel.”

Council will formally enact the bylaw next Tuesday, May 31st.

 Floating controversy

The issue cropped up after a company called Burke Billboards began operating in March, with plans to float the billboard between False Creek and English Bay daily from morning until 11 pm.

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The proposed route for the floating billboard

The company’s website, which now reads “down for maintenance,” claimed the billboards are visible from up to two kilometers away, and would reach an average of 10.5 million people a year, targeting festivals like the fireworks and tourist hotspots like Granville Island.

Transport Canada detained the vessel in March for not having a commercial certification, however, the billboard reappeared in April on a barge and towed by a smaller boat.