Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Santa works at Riverview

Apparently Share is using the Valleyview building to store their stuff, and do the Christmas things there.
If you are a good boy or girl and are quiet you may spot Mr. and Mrs. Santa up there doing their thing.

The gravel roads are not being maintained in any way and are rapidly deteriorating into small ponds, and "ruts as big as huts".  I fixed on drain up there that was overflowing the road, and rapidly causing erosion of the gravel surface.

Similiar in some ways to some of the many issues at Riverview...  George Pearson Centre
Georgia Strait article:
Pearson Dogwood redevelopment plan prompts concerns
Advocates for people with disabilities seek clarity on proposal

Pearson Residents' Website

Redevelopment group    From reading all this it sounded like the residents have been promised the world. But sadly history, tells another story, and the odds of better patient care for them are close to nil.
Once gone it will be nearly impossible to get a piece of land of that size again for health care use. Can you sing  Big Yellow Taxi ?
Prove me wrong, Christie !

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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 site

BISCO -- 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.

Treefest 2011 slideshow

A slideshow of images from the Tree festival of 2011. Created in HD. Enjoy.

Riverview trees

Finnie's Garden -- slideshow

Finnie's Garden -- Pond restoration slideshow

TreeFest -- slideshow