Sunday, September 7, 2014

September news and Treefest

The report from the second RenewingRiverview planning exercise open house is now available; get it HERE ( PDF)

The second open house was named the:  Creating goals open house
Lots of reading there too, read the background information

Well TREEFEST is just about here  Saturday September 13, 11am - 4pm

 after a lot of run-around from the bureaucrats; no you cannot have it there, or there, or there, they relented after pressure was applied, and guess what? the usual site at the HEY building was okayed. The HEY building will NOT be opened though.  And Charles Chan AKA "Charlie Chan" insists that we leave the site in better condition than when we started, which we always did anyway. More information can also be acquired from the City of Coquitlam's webpage about Treefest

       Have a look at the Treefest 2014 poster (in Google doc viewer),
                   or view it as a PDF  or a smaller version PDF

      Apparently the Hillside building is being repainted inside, and the outside shrubbery, and plantings have been removed, ( some of which I myself donated and planted, along with many others ), the Brookside building is also being cleaned up apparently, something to do with the huge overflow of the multiple issue patients at the Willingdon facility.
Not that long ago the folks from Willingdon were using Leeside and Brookside, but the contract run out, and they decamped back to Willingdon. Unknown when the photo op with the bureaucrats will be stating how they are increasing health care beds for people with issues.  But still good news to see the buildings being used for what they were designed for in the near future.  Sadly the taxpayer as usual foots the bill for all of this; the building were being used, then emptied of everything, then later refurnished and used for patient care again; then the cycle repeats itself, classic government waste.

      And a distressed person drove into the Centre Lawn building at high speed, and  both the driver and the building live on.  See a short video clip  ( YouTube )

As Riverview is now closed the care previously done at Riverview, is now non-existant or severely lacking, and has fallen onto Vancouver's shoulders.  "Crisis' of dealing with the mentally ill continues unabated for Vancouver police

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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