Council discusses Clr Swanson motion (Expanding Downtown Eastside Greenspace and Waterfront Access) to support Crab Park

[Update: Council adopted an amended version of the motion. Click on the Council agenda within a couple days for the meeting minutes, containing the approved text.]

On May 29, Vancouver Park Board approved a motion on this topic, and now it goes to City Council today, with a motion by Councillor Jean Swanson. Council agenda details are here, plus link to Council video stream.
https://council.vancouver.ca/20190710/pspc20190710ag.htm

Backgrounder: Crab Park Expansion and Healing Centre Info Sheet2019 07 04 Peanuts from Port, Crab Park
2019 May 27 Crab Full Info Package For PB Meeting

Here is the text of the motion and further below are some links for further reading. See Vancouver Sun article for explanation of the photo.

Motion 8. Expanding Downtown Eastside Greenspace and Waterfront Access

At the Standing Committee on City Finance and Services meeting on June 26 and 27, 2019, due to time constraints, the Committee referred the following motion to the Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on July 10, 2019, to hear from speakers.

Submitted by: Councillor Swanson

WHEREAS

  1. On May 27, 2018, the Vancouver Park Board unanimously approved an amended motion requesting that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority identifies further opportunities to make investments in the local Downtown Eastside community with a particular focus on parks, recreation, and Reconciliation, and that the Park Board explore the initiation of a working group in partnership with the City of Vancouver and community stakeholders with a goal to transition the development and construction of an indigenous-focused healing, wellness, and/or cultural centre out of the theoretical and into action and reality;
  2. In 2015, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced the Centerm Expansion Project, which involves a series of improvements at the Centerm container terminal, including extending the terminal to the west;
  3. On April 18, 2018, a project permit was approved for the Centerm Expansion Project;
  4. On June 20, 2018, City Council approved recommendations for staff to continue to work with community, health sector, foundation and government partners to plan for the development and operation of an Indigenous Healing and Wellness Centre in the Downtown Eastside;
  5. Waterfront spaces are critically important both culturally and ecologically to the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and every opportunity should be sought to partner with them on the potential of such spaces;
  6. Based on the City’s support of the Park Board’s park provision targets, the Downtown Eastside is park deficient and would benefit from the addition of greenspace;
  7. Community members have expressed an interest for an indigenous healing centre/arts and cultural centre in CRAB Park;
  8. The Port Authority has stated its commitment to being a good neighbour to local communities, municipalities and First Nations, and to demonstrating this commitment through its investments in those communities.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED

A. THAT Vancouver City Council requests the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority identifies further opportunities to make investments in the local community with a particular focus on parks, recreation, and Reconciliation, and to engage with the City, Park Board, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and Urban Indigenous communities on future planning processes and opportunities for the Central Waterfront area, including CRAB Park, that would support:
i. vulnerable populations in the Downtown Eastside through equitable access to expanded, high quality greenspace;
ii. improving community access to existing parks and greenspace;
iii. exploring the feasibility of a new indigenous healing centre or cultural centre at CRAB Park;
iv. creating and enhancing significant shoreline habitat; and
v. the city-wide focus of expanding waterfront park access.

B. THAT the Vancouver City Council support and assist in funding the development and construction of an indigenous-focused healing, wellness, and/or cultural centre at CRAB Park.

C. THAT Vancouver City Council works in collaboration with the federal Minister of Transportation, the local Member of Parliament, the local Member of the Legislative Assembly, the Park Board, and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to achieve points i-v of Part A above.
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LINKS AND REFERENCES…

History of Crab Park and Crab‐Water for Life Society, by Don Larson, June 2018
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/history-crab-park-and-society-don-larson/

Port of Vancouver, please extend area of waterfront Crab Park lease and pay for improvements: Park Board motion by Commissioner John Irwin 1-April-2019
https://cityhallwatch.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/motion-crab-park-port-vancouver-park-board/

Downtown Eastside residents rally for improving CRAB Park: Vancouver park board passes motion to ask port authority to expand park, establish healing centre
(Jessica Kerr / Vancouver Courier, MAY 28, 2019)
https://www.vancourier.com/news/downtown-eastside-residents-rally-for-improving-crab-park-1.23837195

Park board to hear motion urging Port Authority to invest in the DTES by enlarging, enhancing Crab Park as part of port expansion: Commissioner John Irwin wants to know how big of an impact the expansion of the port will have on the Downtown Eastside and the green space adjacent to the port (Vancouver Sun, Gordon McIntyre, May 13, 2019)

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/park-board-to-hear-motion-urging-port-authority-to-invest-in-the-dtes-by-enlarging-enhancing-crab-park-as-part-of-port-expansion

 

Motion by COPE

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