The future of the Riverview Lands is an ongoing topic of conversation for those of us who live in the Tri-Cities. How do we best utilize this space to serve the needs of the community? How do we preserve the role the hospital played (and continues to play) in the unfolding story of our region? And how do we preserve the beautiful trees and green spaces? So far, we have more questions than answers when it comes to what will happen to Riverview.
Right now, a Heritage Conservation Plan is being developed to help determine what we most value about the Riverview Lands. A consulting team led by Denise Cook Design is leading the plan’s development. The aim is to identify what our community most values about the Lands. It also seeks to understand why we value Riverview and its specific features. This process is meant to ensure that the Heritage Conservation Plan that it accurately reflects the significant role Riverview plays in our community.
There are some opportunities coming up for the public to give their input towards the development of the Heritage Conservation Plan. The notice has been very short, with less than a week of warning for the first session, which is an issue of some concern for many local residents and stakeholders. Here are the drop-in workshops that are currently planned:
- May 22, 2012, 4:00–8:00pm
The Outlet – Work Room
Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
- May 23, 2012, 4:00–8:00pm
Executive Plaza Hotel – Aspen Room
405 North Road, Coquitlam
- June 11, 2012, 4:00–8:00pm
Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex – Mabbett Room
2150 Wilson Avenue, Port Coquitlam
- June 12, 2012, 4:00–8:00pm
Centennial Pavilion – Centennial Room
570 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
If you are not able to attend either of the workshops, there are still opportunities to make your voice heard. There is an online questionnaire, which you can fill out to help explain what the Riverview Lands mean to you. You can also participate in an online workshop, which contains the same material as the drop-in workshops.
Now – tell us. What does Riverview mean to you? And what do you think should happen to the lands?