Thanks to all of those who attended our Save Little Oz Park Public Information Session on Monday November 28. We had a very good turn out of people for the event. In addition to the UEL and West Point Grey residents who attended, we had Bev Ramey of the Pacific Spirit Park Society (PSPS), Neil Carley the General Manager, Parks, Planning and Environment at Metro Vancouver, Jeff Fitzpatrick the Division Manager, West Area, Regional Parks at Metro Vancouver, and the Electoral Area A representative Maria Harris (on the Metro Vancouver Board).
Pete McConnell gave a presentation that outlined the Save Little Oz Park Working Group position in the park in Little Australia and the many reasons why the new service yard is not appropriate for that site. The key areas identified by the working group were;
- The high usage of the park at present and the need for the park in the future.
- High potential for contamination of Spanish Bank Creek from the service yard
- Noise Impacts due to operations at the service yard and from increased traffic noise if trees in the park are removed
- Conflicts between Cyclists and Pedestrians in the area of the park
During the presentation, Bev Ramey of PSPS indicated that they were not in favour of the service yard being located in the Little Australia Park, and provided three other locations along 16th Avenue that they felt were more suitable for many reasons. The UEL and West Point Grey attendees supported the PSPS recommendations.
Following the presentation, questions from the attendees were addressed by Pete McConnell, Neal Carley, Jeff Fitzpatrick, and Maria Harris. Neal and Jeff took notes during the session and said that they did hear the communities concerns. From the questions and comments from the attendees, it was clear that nobody supported the placement of the new Metro Vancouver Parks service yard in the Little Australia Park. At present we have collected 415 signatures on the paper petition and the online petition and these are being sent to Metro Vancouver to support the community position to have the Little Australia Park removed from the list of considerations for the service yard.
We did an exercise in the session where we asked people to write down five words/phrases that described what the Little Australia Park meant to them. These were collected and a “Word Cloud” was created from what people wrote. The word clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the collected words from the attendees. The resulting word cloud is shown below, and it is pretty evident how people feel about Little Australia Park.
Save Little Oz Park Petition: https://www.change.org/p/
Save Little Oz Park Website: http://