Thursday, February 18, 2010
Fire at Pennington Hall
UPDATED: Crews fight fire on Riverview Hospital grounds
Riverview blaze called suspicious
Will add more information as it becomes available, this is will be a serious loss to the social community of the site. Since it contains a gym, tuck shop, small cafe, computer access for the residents, generally the social hub of the site.
Update March 6,: At the family meeting that the hospital hosts monthly. They were told that the building is not going to be fixed, it has been totally boarded up, which will just hasten the disintegration, by trapping the moisture. To add insult to injury, staff removed the bronze dedication plaque for the building, in a rather rough way.
March 17: I heard tonight that the library is also being shut down, unknown how they are going to continue to provide this valuable service. The library provides services to the entire medical community of the Province, including the residents. The collection consists of some materials found nowhere else.
March 23: Library shut down end of March, further details; HEY library closes
Save the Riverview Hospital lands
The Riverview Hospital lands, are under pressure to be developed into market housing. Help to save the lands as a healing sanctuary for the mentally ill of OUR Province.
Please join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society,( RHCS ) Facebook page. Twitter too!
Please sign the On-line petition or download a Word document petition ,which is a more official type of petition.
Blogs, about the hospital grounds
Mike Farnworth,MLA; Facebook forum " Protect the Riverview Lands"
And another Facebook group: Riverview Preservation Society
this group also has a petition to sign.
Click-able Map of the Riverview siteBISCO -- Brookside-Leeside-Roadside -- Centre Lawn -- Colony Farm
Crease Clinic -- East Lawn -- Essondale Hospital
Finnie's Garden -- Henry Esson Young -- Hillside unit
Home for the Aged-Valleyview -- North Lawn
Nurses homes -- Pennington Hall -- TreeFest -- West Lawn
John Davidson; "Botany John" blog. He was the first Provincial Botanist, who created British Columbia's first Botanical Garden at Riverview.
Other groups involved Riverview Horticultural Centre Society
Who also have a media NEWS Blog
You can also download a 42 page report titled, For the future of Riverview created by the Riverview Task Force.
Or Burke Mountain Naturalists, report: The Riverview Hospital Site, Respecting its Past,Realizing its Future
Coquitlam has designated the buildings and grounds, as a heritage site.
Download the Statement of Significance; SoS report PDF
Tour through the grounds
Paul Buikema, of Progress Landscaping, created this video.