Author Archives: Carol Sill

One Tree Removed Today, Plus Pigeon Park

Tree:

I was informed today that one tree was being removed from in front of Bodega Studios. When I contacted the city, I was reminded that it was in the original plan,  creating a wheelchair ramp.

“Please note, there is one tree that will be removed on the west side (immediately south of Blood Alley) in order to accommodate construction of a wheelchair ramp. Removal of this tree was shown in the original concept plan for this block as approved by City Council.”

Park:

I wasn’t able to attend the meeting in Strathcona where the plans for the Pigeon Park upgrades were being presented and discussed. There have been very few people around the Pigeon Park area for the past few weeks – anybody know why?

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Plans for Pigeon Park

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Michel Desroches, Planner for Parks and Recreation, City of Vancouver, proposes the following objectives for renovating the Pigeon park:

First objective is to preserve the features that make the park popular with the community – preserving as many trees as possible;  preserve sitting/relaxing as primary activity in the park; preserve the open area in the centre of the park as a ‘living room’;

In addition, the City will replace many of the aging features in the park with new features; replacing the base surface in the park, so that it is easy to maintain and has as few trip hazards as possible; replacing the park benches, drinking fountain and lamp post. Also planned is to rebuild the elevated planter around the big tree.
A handful of features will be added to the park. These would include: a handful of “side tables” next to some of the benches, a garbage can, and a public washroom; the rail line as a historic feature and an electrical outlet to support events in the park.

He will present the Pigeon Park concept plan to the Park Board Commissioners on March 2nd  so that, if approved, the renovation could proceed in the summer of 2009, which is when the Carrall Greenway (Hastings to Cordova) is scheduled for construction. The thought is that the overall level of disruption during the construction period would be minimized if the two projects were constructed simultaneously.

Take a look at the proposed plan here:

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You can download a pdf of this proposed concept plan here.

Contact Michel Desroches if you wish to discuss the plan further. See more on the Carrall Greenway here on the City Website.

Vancouver Sun article: Greenway Trees

It was great to see coverage of the tree situation Feb. 5th, in the Vancouver Sun.

Link here to read it.

Can we stop it? YES WE CAN!

UPDATE: I spoke with a city worker on the site who told me people were there this morning, and the trees are not going to be removed, they are redesigning something to care for the roots.

Emails were circulated by business owners and residents! City responded! yes we can!

The City will be removing 6 of the 8 mature trees in Gastown today, on the 200 block between Water and Cordova.

I’m quite upset about it, and hope that this doesn’t need to happen. See my post “Mature Gastown Trees Slated for Removal”

It seems a pity, just when we will have the celebration at the Ranier Hotel for the opening of more women’s housing.

And look at the picture just above this posting – what will the street look like with smaller trees….

Ranier Hotel offers Women’s Housing

Portland Hotel Society has sent out an invitation to join
The Honourable Rich Coleman,
Minister of Housing and Social Development;
Mayor Gregor Robertson
City of Vancouver;
Heather Hay,
Director of Addictions, HIV/AIDS, Aboriginal Services
Vancouver Coastal Health;

An Open House and Ceremony
to celebrate the Official Revamping of Rainier Hotel by BCHMC, in order to House Women in the Downtown Eastside, including 20 beds of long-term housing and 21 beds for women in need of treatment supports.

Revamping The Rainier Hotel this Wednesday.
February 4, 2009 at 10:30 a.m
309 Carrall Street in Vancouver

With a Carnival side show including performances by Vancouver’s renowned Gospel singer Sybil Thrasher, Chili, Cupcakes, and a chance to get your hair and nails done, or have a massage.

Work’s Begun on Water-Cordova

They have started the work on the Water to Cordova link, machines are tearing up the sidewalk, dumptrucks parked on the other side of the street and the low hum of machinery fills the air from early morning on each day now.
I know this has to be done before the tourist season begins, and there is a bit of disruption as delivery trucks have a more difficult time now. Even normal traffic, narrowed to one one-way lane, is affected, but in the long run it will be better for us. More trees, wider spaces, bike lanes.
I pity the poor merchants and owners on that street as the disruption is enough to cause loss of business. After enduring the closures, hoardings etc. of the Terminus construction, moving the Irish Heather across the street, now this. Still, I’m glad this is going ahead, I’d have been very disappointed if the whole project had been stopped for lack of funds etc.

Talks at the Opening of Pennsylvania Hotel

Speakers included: Liz Evans, Executive Director of Portland Hotel Society, Hon. Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Services, Tom Siems, CMHC, Mayor Gregor Robertson, Wayne Wright, Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation, Peter Webb, Concord Pacific Group, Earl Crowe, Pennsylvania Hotel Resident. Blessing song from Dalannah Gail Bowen.