What's Happening

RECENT HISTORY:

2016

2015

December - Announcement of BC Housing Vision for Riverview Lands: Vision

September - GREEN SCENE: Save the trees, save the buildings, save Riverview - The extreme drought of this summer — which now, thankfully, seems to be over — has posed challenges for the fabulous tree collection at Riverview. - See more at: http://www.tricitynews.com/lifestyles/green-scene-save-the-trees-save-the-buildings-save-riverview-1.2055171

September - LETTER: Neglect hurt trees on Riverview site 
The Editor, On Saturday, Sept. 19, I attended the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society’s 2015 Treefest celebration, not having visited Riverview since the drought/windstorm of the summer.
- See more at: http://www.tricitynews.com/opinion/letters/letter-neglect-hurt-trees-on-riverview-site-1.2068434

July 9, 2015 - Panel Discussion topic videos now available-site removed by Gov.

June 17, 2015 - Watch the 4th open house video! -site removed by Gov.

May 20, 2015 - Third Open House Report Now Available -site removed by Gov.

2014

2014 COQUITLAM Health Campus:
The City of Coquitlam retained Dr. John Higenbottam to translate their long-held vision for the Riverview Lands as a place for healing and caring into required programs, services and associated facilities.
The result is the creation of Into the Future: The Coquitlam Health Campus
RHCS SUPPORTS Coquitlam's VISION

RHCS Presented to BC Housing & the Renewing Riverview Consultants:
2014 RHCS - OUR VISION FOR THE RIVERVIEW LANDS

START of "RIVERVIEW VISIONING" by BC Housing.
To View what BC HOUSING is Planning - go to RENEWINGRIVERVIEW.COM

2012

- Rather than support the National Historic Site application, the BC Provincial Government hired a consultant to produce a “Heritage Conservation Plan” (HCP) for Riverview. One of the objectives of the HCP was to survey the public to learn what we value about the Riverview Lands and why. Critical public consultations took place during May and June 2012. The resulting report will be used to inform a Land Use Plan for Riverview that may be put forth within a year.

Heritage Canada Foundation Releases
2012 Top Ten Endangered Places -
RIVERVIEW LANDS TOP of LIST 
- Riverview top of list for the 2012
OTTAWA, ON – June 27, 2012 - The Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) has released its Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists drawing attention to architectural and heritage sites in Canada either threatened with demolition or already lost. The Endangered Places List, compiled from nominations received as well as from news items that HCF has been following and reporting on throughout the year from west to east.- Tricity News

- Riverview NATURAL HERITAGE STEWARDSHIP ADVISORY GROUP no longer meeting? Without notice the government stopped participation.

2001

- Riverview NATURAL HERITAGE STEWARDSHIP ADVISORY GROUP formation.

It is important that each of us express our opinion while critical decisions are still to be made.
Once again, we need to send a message that the Riverview Lands should remain in public ownership and accessible, that they should continue to be dedicated to the needs of the mentally ill, and that the heritage trees, buildings, and landscapes should be preserved.

PLEASE WRITE LETTERS give BC Housing YOUR OPINION of their latest VISION.

Stay current and Ready to Act for the Riverview Site.

We are asking YOU to take action. Here is what you can do:

    • Stay INFORMED:
    • Like us on FACEBOOK - Post comments Save Riverview Lands - Riverview Horticultural Centre Society
    • Follow us on TWITTER
    • Read our NEWSLETTER
    • Visit this Website
    • Visit Riverview Hospital Blog & RHCS Blog
    • Attend TREE TOURS Details here
    • Visit the Lands & Bring others to see them
    • Come to Finnie's Garden, help the volunteer gardeners
    • Read the GOVERNMENTS HCP, Heritage Conservation Plan here
    • Express your opinion:
    • Write to the PREMIER (premier@gov.bc.ca)
    • Respond to articles about Riverview in the news (paper, radio, TV etc.)
    • Write Letters, e-mails & phone calls.
    • Attend any Open Houses announced by the Governement.
    • Keep your RHCS Membership current & encourage others to join
    • Membership only $5 & DONATION online payments
    • If you cannot find the information you are looking for please call us: 604-290-9910
    • Subscribe to our newsletter & updates

In the past, people have spoken strongly against market housing on the Riverview site - we hope the provincial government is listening as an important ecological, horticultural, and historical treasure would be lost forever.  We can’t allow this to happen.  The City of Coquitlam envisions a very different future for Riverview.  In the 2005 Task Force Report, the Guiding Principles for future land use state:

  • that the needs of the mentally ill are paramount;
  • that the lands must remain in public ownership and accessible to all;
  • that the trees, the heritage buildings, and the green spaces must be protected;
  • and that absolutely no market housing be built.
  • The Report does not preclude development or revenue generation at Riverview but states that any additional land uses must adhere to the guiding principles and be in harmony with the needs of the mentally ill. A strong message must be sent to Premier Clark and Housing Minister Rich Coleman to work with the City of Coquitlam and the citizens of BC on a creative plan for an appropriate future for Riverview.

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