Saturday, June 25, 2016

removal of Valleyview

Sadly the present government is continuing down its enviromentally unfriendly path of totalling removing Valleyview a purpose-built building for Senior care, and will replace it with some tiny place devoted to drug-users.

Article by Elaine Golds:
Green Scene: A disturbing demolition on Riverview grounds
I must admit to being disheartened by the demolition that is currently happening on the Riverview Hospital grounds in accordance with the plans announced by BC Housing last December.

The open-houses are long gone, and typical of the various governments, they release reports in summer.
So the RenewingRiverview has released their final reports, on cue.

The final Summary Report is available at this time (PDF) no mention of a timeline of when the Complete
Report will be released for the public's purview.

The level of care in Valleyview was astounding by many reports, under frequently difficult circumstances seniors with multiple health issues were provided with quality care; sad to see this still useful building go.

It appears that the present government is continuing down its path of selling off the lands for development, regardless of what the majority of the taxpayers want the site to be used for, PUBLIC HEALTH, as originally intended.

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