Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Renewing Riverview

So the consultation period is now over, with a nice rally at the end.
From the Tri-City News:   Big gain in Riverview consultation
Note: I have no idea where the date of 103-years of ownership comes from in the article it gets perpetuated over and over. The people of this Province have owned the property since May of 1904, which with my math would make it to be almost 111-years, the first buildings were up by 1908, with many other permanent buildings at Colony Farm completed in 1912; West Lawn was completed in late 1912, and officially opened 1913.

Now the waiting begins to be able to view the results from the RenewingRiverview consultants.

Let us hope that since B.C. Housing will be taking over the property, that they do not go down the same road outlined in this article from the Vancouver Sun:

  B.C. Housing property dump to balance the books;  It’s politics, not vision, behind the sale of public land

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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