Friday, August 10, 2007

What do YOU think we should do with the Riverview lands?

Lets have your ideas, of what should be done with these lands and buildings. Just click on the comments at the bottom of this post. Spill your guts..


Anonymous said...

I believe the property should continue for the purpose it was developed for the restoration and treatment of those suffering from mental illness, The biuldings should be restored where physically possible to their former grandeur and the homeless who are suffering on our east side streets should be provided shelter and care in that beautiful enviroment, Our homeless rate has soared since the closure of many of these facilities. It is just another example of our decreasing health care and aimed a population that has no will to voice their need or help to live a productive life. We are failing many with mental illness in our province and are missing a golden opportunity to do a great work in healing. I for one would like to see this happen through the private sector, not government funded and add other aliments to the process of healing, a training centre, edcational services for those gifted but unable to cope in a average post secondary setting. The possiblilities are endless and there are lots of private funds for such a project if the powers that be ,would sell the lands for this end.

Anonymous said...

I am a Nurse who has worked with the patients at Riverview, and STRONGLY AGREE that these lands should be saved and utilized by the mentally ill.
I am heartbroken by the recent suicide of a male patient (who was to be discharged in a few days). This is tragic, and avoidable, if we only used common sense,(which isn't so common), and used this property as it was intended IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!
I have witnessed many times, people being discharged who were absolutely incapable of caring for themselves, and, at times , promising to return "under any condition". There are simply not enough "group homes" available, and often these people are sent to a small apartment or room,(usually in a crime ridden area), where they may sit alone with little money or food,OR family/friends,
let alone getting and TAKING medication, the knowledge or ability to perform day to day activities.
Often , these people are preyed upon, and abused by more sofisticated steet people.
Riverview is a beautiful, and SAFE place, is already built, and is already there!!
(let them build their condos in Stanley Park!!!!

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