Arbutus Corridor Souvenirs

Arbutus1As the debate about the city’s possible purchase of the Arbutus corridor is ongoing, I realized there might be little time left to walk or bike along the trail, a trip that was on my Vancouver ‘to do’ list for a few years.

Though we still haven’t managed the bike trip, my family and I went for a nice walk along three routes of the corridor a few weeks ago. Some parts of the walk are probably less familiar to the general audience than the popular route along 6th Avenue between Fir and Maple streets. In the following photo essay, you’ll find some impressions of the trip. Please note the trip was taken spontaneously and most photos taken by my iPhone. Continue reading

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ParkBoard meets with community centre associations and Vancouverites

The Vancouver Park Board is meeting with the community centre associations and Vancouverites at a public meeting in the Westend Community Centre tonight.

On the agenda: the Park Board’s new proposal from Feb. 4, 2013.

Kerridale Community Centre

Kerrisdale Community Centre

The 30-page presentation states that 27 per cent of Vancouver’s population falls below the Low Income Cut‐Off (LICO).

High-income communities such as Dunbar still have an 18 per cent of its population below the LICO. Kerrisdale is named as a middle-income community with 22 18 per cent of its population below the LICO. According to the proposal, Marpole serves a low income community with 40 per cent of its population below the LICO. Continue reading

Hundreds attend Kerrisdale Community Centre open house

Local programs and seniors lunches will not be cut, said Park Board general manager Malcolm Bromley to a full house at Kerrisdale Community Centre on Tuesday night.

Hundreds of people filled the auditorium at a public meetin on Jan. 29, 2013. Photo by Katja De Bock

Hundreds of people filled the auditorium at a public meeting on Jan. 29, 2013. Photo by Katja De Bock

Hundreds of people came to the centre’s auditorium. Two overflow rooms were needed as people kept coming, many of them seniors.

The open house was organized by the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society to discuss a new partnership agreement with the Vancouver Park Board. If approved, the agreement would centralize financial operations and harmonize fees in all 24 centres. Continue reading