City to launch public process on ‘West End Community Hub Renewal Plan’ (West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, other civic facilities)

Google aerial view showing subject area for “West End Community Hub”

The West End Community Plan was adopted by City Council in November 2013. One key feature of the plan was using the significant revenues expected from new developments enabled by the plan to improve public amenities, with 10,000 new residents originally expected over the 30-year life of the plan.

That’s why it’s nice to see that now in 2021 a team has been created at the City of Vancouver named “West End Connect” (W.E. Connect) and there are plans in store for public consultation to launch on September 21, 2021, for planning on what is now being called the West End Community Hub (see timeline for plan development below, right).

Some people received an e-mail on August 23, 2021 from “West End Connect” at the City of Vancouver (see below for a copy of the text).

It includes this link to the City’s public input portal: https://shapeyourcity.ca/weconnect.

West End Neighbours encourages residents and groups to check in on this project from time to time, sign up for updates, and get involved.

Excerpt from W.E. Connect web page:

To support this renewal, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Public Library, and the Vancouver Park Board are seeking input from the community to reimagine the site that currently houses the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, and other important facilities. This work will build on directions from the City of Vancouver’s West End Community Plan and the Vancouver School Board’s Long Range Facilities Plan.

The result will be a document that details a shared vision for the future of the buildings, programming and outdoor spaces at the site.

As a side note, WEN and other in a consortium of West End groups were counting on an official report to City Council providing a detailed update on implementation of the 2013 West End Community Plan. According to the City’s planners, it was expected in June 2021, but it did not happen, and no further word has been available on this report.

Meanwhile, WEN continues to hope the City’s West End planning team will provide Council and the public with a detailed implementation report we have been calling for. We started asking for a five-year report, but are currently at the eight year mark. We’re not sure if the City is actually tracking WECP implementation, but CityHallWatch attempted a tally in 2020.

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From the Shape Your City page

W.E. Connect

W.E. Connect is the West End Community Hub project slogan for the reimagining process.
Deepen your connections to this community, this place, this land. Now, help imagine the renewed West End Community Hub.

The West End is reimagining its community hub, a space where everyone can come together to connect, relax, learn, and play.

To support this renewal, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Public Library, and the Vancouver Park Board are seeking input from the community to reimagine the site that currently houses the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, and other important facilities. This work will build on directions from the City of Vancouver’s West End Community Plan and the Vancouver School Board’s Long Range Facilities Plan.

The result will be a document that details a shared vision for the future of the buildings, programming and outdoor spaces at the site.

We want to hear from you. This fall, you will be invited to attend events where you can listen and learn from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, who stewarded these lands since time immemorial and have untold stories to share.

Then, we invite you to share your own experiences of the West End and hopes for a new community space by attending online events, visiting project pop-up locations, and – when it’s safe to do so – join us in-person.

Over the next two years, we’ll work together to create a vision for the community hub.

Key persons for the W.E. Connect initiative

Matthew Halverson
Manager of Facilities Planning, City of Vancouver
WEconnect@vancouver.ca

Monica Bennington
Engagement Specialist, City of Vancouver
WEconnect@vancouver.ca

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TEXT OF E-MAIL (23-AUG-2021)

From “West End Connect” <WEconnect@vancouver.ca>

Subject: Get Involved in the West End Community Hub Renewal Plan

Hello!

Help reimagine the West End Community Hub — a space where everyone can come together to connect, relax, learn, and play. This site includes the West End Community Centre, King George Secondary School, Joe Fortes Library, and other important civic facilities.

The City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Public Library, and the Vancouver Park Board are working with local groups to involve the community in creating a plan for the West End Community Hub and would like you to be involved. While the project isn’t formally launching until September 21, the project team wants to let you know about our plan!  

Starting in September, look for W.E. Connect engagement opportunities to help create a shared vision for the West End Community Hub. There will be opportunities to learn and reflect on teachings from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, attend W.E. Connect online events, share your West End experiences in an online survey, visit project pop-up locations, and — when it’s safe to do so — participate at in-person events. 

The resulting shared vision will provide a plan for the future of the buildings, and indoor and outdoor spaces on the site.
W.E. Connect Project Timeline

·       Planning: Winter-summer 2021
Research and planning for engagement

·       Vision and Principles: Fall 2021
Engagement based on local First Nations & public stories to develop the Community Hub’s vision & principles

·       Identify Program Space Needs: Early 2022
Research and engagement to plan how people will use the Community Hub spaces

·       Initial Concepts for the Community HubSpring 2022
Share draft concepts based on input received, get feedback and revise concepts

·       Preferred Option: Summer 2022
Share draft final plan, get feedback and revise

·       Final Plan: Fall 2022
Public information session and final presentation

Stay Tuned

Visit shapeyourcity.ca/weconnect to learn about project updates and opportunities to participate (events and other details will be added throughout the next month). Please reach out to WEconnect@vancouver.ca if you have any questions.

Thank you,

The West End Community Hub Project Team

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More from the Shape Your City page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved?

There will be many opportunities to provide input throughout the planning process. We will be using a variety of digital tools (like Shape Your City and online events) while social distancing measures are in place. We hope to organize more in-person engagement opportunities when health measures allow us to gather safely in larger groups.

How is this engagement different from past community feedback received for the West End Community Plan?

In 2013, the City of Vancouver worked with community members to develop a community wide plan that meets the needs of the community. Now, project partners are seeking more specific feedback on the shared vision and specific needs of the West End for the future West End Community Hub.

How will decisions regarding the West End Community Hub be made?

Project partners (City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Board or Parks and Recreation, and the Vancouver Public Library) will collaboratively make all project related decisions. Project partners will work closely with key community groups, including the West End Community Centre Association, to understand the diverse community perspectives of the West End neighborhood. Community input will be considered at every step of the project process and will help project partners make better decisions that reflect the needs and desires of the community.

More from Shape Your City Page

Reconciliation

18 Jun 2021

The planning process and future West End Community Hub will be rooted in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) ways of knowing, working together, and storytelling.

Through events and information, all are invited to learn more about this place from local First Nations Knowledge Holders. We’ll hear stories of each Nation’s connection to and stewardship of the area. Then, we’ll build on this knowledge by sharing West End community and visitor experiences and hopes for the site. The result will be a vision for the Community Hub.

The West End Community Hub will be planned in a way that respects the presence and knowledge of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and through this will foster more inclusive spaces for all.

Through a co-design process, in collaboration with community members from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations will contribute:

  • Vision for the future building
  • Cultural contributions to the overall design
  • Integration of traditional knowledge
  • Historical recognition of the importance of the pre-colonial West End

The City of Vancouver, Vancouver School Board, and Vancouver Public Library are committed to strengthening relationships with the xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh):

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References selected by WEN From West End End Community Plan – Some excerpts mentioning the West End Community Center.

Page 23 – The West End Public Benefits Strategy will address the renewal and improvement of
the aging public facilities such as the library, community centre and other facilities and
amenities that meet the needs of a growing and changing community
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Page 87 – An example of a possible co-location opportunity for culture is the proposed renewal of the West End Community Centre complex.

Page 118 – Strategy for the Next 30 Years:
• Renew recreation facilities (West End Community Centre, West End Ice Rink and
Vancouver Aquatic Centre) and design them to meet anticipated population growth (estimated
cost is $90 to $95 million).
Ten-Year Policies:
• Develop a long-term strategy with the Vancouver School Board, Vancouver Public
Library and other partners to renew and expand the West End Community Centre, Joe Fortes
Library, and King George Secondary School, and to explore opportunities to co-locate other
community facilities.
• Explore opportunities to rebuild or replace the Vancouver Aquatic Centre to service the local,
city and regional population.

Page 134 –

Planning the Future of a Unique Site: The City of Vancouver (including the Board of
Parks and Recreation and Vancouver Library Board) and the Vancouver School Board have
identified the need to renew and expand the West End Community Centre, Joe Fortes Library,
King George Secondary School, and adjacent open spaces.
Following approval of the plan [i.e., in 2013], City staff will begin a site planning initiative in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, Park Board, and School Board, and work with community stakeholders to identify future options for the West End Community Centre and King George Secondary School site that will provide opportunities for renewing, integrating and better utilizing community facilities.

Policy 12.3.1 – Explore opportunities for cultural groups and services to be co-located in shared
spaces, where appropriate.

Policy 14.1.3: Explore opportunities to upgrade or renew the community centre and library.

Original estimates in the 2013 West End Community Plan

WECP Fig 17.6 cost estimates and funding strategies 2013
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