Friday, January 18, 2013

Fwd: Neighbourhood Planning through Dialogue: Parks and Public Space in Grandview-Woodland

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
If you care about neighbourhood green space in Grandview, and I know you do, you will want to go to one of the two Community Plan dialogue sessions on "Parks and Public Space". 
If you want to go, you must register ahead of time. 
I've been to two of these sessions so far, one on Arts & Culture and another on Heritage & Character. The way they are structured is really engaging and thought-provoking; a light supper is provided (e.g., sushi, pizza, and samosas at the heritage one).
Grandview is a park-deficient neighbourhood. On the Parks and Greenspaces map the Community Plan people have for display, Napier Square Greenway isn't even shown. We can speak to the need for green space and the need for encouraging people to grow beautiful gardens -- private gardens, community gardens, and guerrilla gardens -- that provide both beauty/decoration and food.
Anyway, please sign up if you are available for one of the two sessions offered. You won't regret it!
And feel free to forward this to other people, people in Grandview, that is, who might be keen to participate.

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From: "Grandview-Woodland Community Plan" <>
Date: January 18, 2013 6:13:37 PM PST
To: Penny Street <>
Subject: Neighbourhood Planning through Dialogue: Parks and Public Space in Grandview-Woodland

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Neighbourhood Planning through Dialogue: 
Parks and Public Space in Grandview-Woodland

Hi everyone,

The next workshops in our Neighbourhood Planning through Dialogue Series will look at Parks and Public Space in Grandview-Woodland on Wednesday January 30, 2013 andSaturday February 2, 2013.

Join us to discuss issues, opportunities and offer your input on how the City can best support parks and public space in the neighbourhood and how directions on these elements can be integrated into the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

If you'd like to attend, please follow the links below to sign up for ONE of the dates.

If you require child minding services for either of the events, please email Beverly Chew ( with your requirements.

There will be two workshops to discuss these issues, as well as an on-line component that will be launched in January. The workshops are duplicate sessions, so if you'd like to participate you only need to sign up for oneThe events are free, but you need to register to attend. (See below for details).
Among the topics to be covered are:
  • Greenspaces
  • Plazas
  • Streets & Greenways
  • Community Facilities
  • Public Realm

If you'd like to attend a workshop, please follow the links below to sign up for ONE of the following dates:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
5:30pm - 9pm
ORSaturday, February 2, 2013
12:30am - 4pm
Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you with location details. Approximately one week prior to the workshop, you'll receive a package of background information that will help you to prepare for the event. Please read this material before coming to the workshop.
(NOTE: You can register for up to two spaces in the workshop – but you will need to add the name and contact details for both people when you do.)

A Few More Workshop Details:
Each workshop will start with a brief presentation on Parks and Public Space in Grandview-Woodland, as well an overview of neighbourhood planning work to date.  The workshops will be structured 'world café' style so that participants can share their ideas on a number of topic areas.
We've already heard a lot of ideas about 'what's needed' in the neighbourhood – so part of this workshop will be about building on this input, refining general ideas around neighbourhood parks and public space, and exploring possibilities for neighbourhood-based policy directions.
On-line Component  
In addition to the two workshops, we'll also be creating an on-line forum to allow people to engage with the workshop questions.  This forum will go live shortly after the second workshop – and we'll send you a separate email to let you know when this happens. If you can't make either of the workshop dates, or prefer to share your ideas from the comfort of your own home – then please consider logging-on to this aspect of the process.
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Thank you for taking the time to read through this letter. I look forward to your participation in the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan and hope that we will hear from you as part of our upcoming arts & culture activities. 
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the workshops or community planning process, please do not hesitate to contact our Planning Team
Warm regards,
Andrew Pask
Grandview-Woodland Community Plan
In April 2012, the City initiated a new Community Planning process for Grandview-Woodland. When completed, the plan will provide long-range guidance on a variety of issues - including housing, transportation, parks and public space, social issues, arts, culture, heritage and more. The new plan will replace an older Local Area Plan developed between 1979-82.
For information on our planning work to date, upcoming events and opportunities for public involvement, please stay in touch via the following means:
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