What a difference light and angles make in portraying space. Urban YVR presents some compelling images of the Northeast False Creek temporary park, which while 3.5 acres in size has taken several decades to be created despite an agreement between the City and the owner of the land, Concord Pacific. This is near the Citygate buildings where residents have been lobbying for Something To Be Done. The False Creek Residents Association also joined the fray requesting that the city insist that Concord Pacific pony up the temporary park which was part of the City’s agreement.
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.
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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.
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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.
A Celebration of Life for Merv will be announced in the near future. The Vancouver Sun has published a fine obituary on his extraordinary life.
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.”
Vancouver residents can still make their views on the plan known to City planning staff & City Council. Details can be found in this Document.
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.”
You can read the original document here.
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: