What a difference light and angles make in portraying space. Urban YVR presents some compelling images of the Northeast False Creek temporary park, which while 3.5 acres in size has taken several decades to be created despite an agreement between the City and the owner of the land, Concord Pacific. This is near the Citygate buildings where residents have been lobbying for Something To Be Done. The False Creek Residents Association also joined the fray requesting that the city insist that Concord Pacific pony up the temporary park which was part of the City’s agreement.
Produced by PWL Partnership this park in waiting has some grass, some lighting, picnic tables, a volleyball court and a lot of asphalt. Once Concord develops their lands west of Carrall Street, they are going to redo the park with a more splashy design by James Corner Field Operations of New York City and the PWL partnership.
But there is more to the story and don’t think for a moment that Concord is acting out of altruism~and you can read about the court case here.
The False Creek Residents Association (FCRA) tried to quash a three-year temporary permit given by the City when Concord plunked their presentation centre on what was to be the site of the new seaside park. They were told in 2014 that the City would not give another temporary commercial use permit after 2017. As the FCRA said at that time
“The City of Vancouver’s current park concept plan is not in keeping with the vision of a waterfront oriented park space. It does not meet the vision of a park for Vancouver citizens that was contractually agreed on with Concord Pacific nearly three decades ago, and who has benefited from tax breaks, and profited from having a presentation centre on the park site during that timeframe.”
In 2017 Concord reached an agreement with the City to keep their presentation centre on the proposed park site, and instead build a “temporary” park. A year and change later, it is built. But locals are asking~after decades of waiting, is this park good enough?
Or is it merely a placeholder in advance of Concorde’s own development approval? As one twitter pundit observed “It looks like someone googled “minimum effort ever”. Has the designer ever even seen a park?!
@CityofVancouver are you cool with this? There should be a bronze phone in the middle of the park as a tribute to “phoning it in.”
The costs of creating this temporary park, hiring the designers, and the operating costs are fully funded by Concord Pacific. But is it enough after the community waited decades for Concord to follow through on their commitment?
— Birds Nest Properties (@rentbirdsnest) December 22, 2018