Nelson is part of our community. School greenspace is public space. Reopen the field at Lord Nelson Elementary immediately.
Over a century ago, public space in Grandview Woodland was granted into the stewardship of the VSB with the understanding that it would be a shared community asset for use by the school community as needed and otherwise available to the broader community, including the students, outside of school hours.
Disturbingly, the greenspace at Lord Nelson was recently fenced and then locked off, without any consultation of the school community or broader community. This lack of consultation is disrespectful and unacceptable.
GWAC is asking that all locks on this space be immediately removed with the space left accessible to the public outside of school hours, pending further consultation on the issue.
The GWAC meeting on Monday, June 3rd, will be all about Greenspaces in Grandview-Woodland. All of the Vancouver Park Board Commissioners have been invited to attend. Confirmed to attend are Park Board Commissioners Stuart Mackinnon (Chair), Gwen Giesbrecht and Camil Dumont.
Come meet your Park Board Commissioners. Find out more about Greenspaces in the community. The meeting will focus on Parks & Greenspaces in Grandview-Woodland.
Time: 7pm on Monday, June 3rd Location: Learning Resource Centre, (LRC), 1661 Napier Street Under the Britannia Library
Malcolm Bromley, General Manager Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation cc: Vancouver Park Board cc: Save Templeton Park Pool
Dear Mr. Bromley
Re: Templeton Pool
As Chair of Grandview Woodland Area Council, and on behalf of Grandview Woodland residents, the Council urges you to consider taking steps to save Templeton Park Pool. This is a valuable neighbourhood resource that cannot be replaced with a community pool in the new Britannia Community Services Centre redevelopment. For current Templeton users, switching to Britannia means crossing two additional busy streets, probably in a car, which requires parking; it means a busier pool with less available time for special senior, disabled and youth programs.
Given anticipated density increases along both Nanaimo and Hastings Streets, future needs for a local swimming pool will increase. Driving to a busier pool in the next neighbourhood will probably mean many patrons, current and future, will forgo this healthy activity.
Sincerely, Dana Cromie, Chair Grandview Woodland Area Council
Letters to Park Board in support of keeping Templeton Pool Open were written by MLA Shane Simpson, MP Jenny Kwan, and the Hastings Community Association. These letters are reproduced here for reference. Further information about the “VanSplash” report that may result in the closure of community pools such as Templeton can be found on the City of Vancouver’s website. vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vansplash-aquatics-strategy.aspx
November 30, 2017
Dear Vancouver Park Board Commissioners,
I am writing this to you on behalf of Hastings Community Association and in the interests of the entire Hastings Sunrise community regarding the Vansplash proposal to decommission Templeton pool.
The Vansplash survey was flawed and did not capture the picture of what this segment of our community truly wants or needs. For one thing, many seniors and children have limited access to the technology to complete the survey. Those who did complete the survey found it quite leading as it did not directly get at the issue of the importance of having a local community pool. It seemed that the questions were phrased in a manner that would get the desired results for Vansplash. Consequently, as a community, we feel strongly that our concerns have not been heard. It feels as though staff and consultants do not fully understand the negative impact on our community the closing of Templeton pool would have.
The next public GWAC meeting will be held at 7:00pm Monday, January 8, 2018 Location: Learning Resource Centre, (LRC) Under the Britannia Library
Agenda REACH Clinic has reopened at last – with a bright & shiny new facility. Come hear Colleen Fuller brief us on their services and new facility!
Templeton Pool Update Templeton Pool may have recently received a reprieve yet its future remains uncertain. Come hear how local volunteers saved the pool and what might need to be done to protect its future for the community. Park Board may decide the fate of the pool on January 29th, 2018.
GWAC invites you to a meeting on Monday, September 12th at Britannia’s Library Resource Centre (7-9pm) to share your thoughts and discuss the Park Board’s new Dog Strategy. (a poster for the event is available in PDF form)