Friday, January 2, 2015

Renew, Restore, Revive Riverview

A letter from last year:   Differing views on riverview
       Letter to the editor from Jenny Farley

YEAR IN REVIEW: Riverview Hospital

This is IMPORTANT :    Illustrated Ideas – Your turn to rate the features
you are presented with numerous panels, and you are asked to rate the concepts presented. This information will be used to generate a report due sometime this spring. Last call for comments in January 16, 2015

The highlight of last year was the reopening of the Hillside building and the Brookside building
See the details from a previous post

Apparently people have been seen going inside Valleyview 300, the specialized geriatric care building, that has been shut now for a few years, a crime to humanity that was.

Also word is that the Unit 8  ( the large concrete building near the cemetery ) is to be knocked down, unknown if anything will rise from the space vacated by its demise.  Surprised that this building is being demolished, it is made almost entirely of reinforced concrete, and looks more like a bomb shelter, then a hospital ward that held up to 100 patients at one time.

Hillside building

Brookside Building

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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