April 2023 Newsletter

Local Traffic Calming Measures

A few of the promised traffic calming measures for local streets are scheduled to be implemented this month, including the one-way southbound-only restriction on the 400 block of Campbell St. (between Hastings & Pender) and a neighbourhood-wide 30 km/h speed limit. We’re also told that closing Hawks to truck traffic (between Prior & Malkin) will happen before summer. 

Raising the crosswalk at Dunlevy and Pender is scheduled for late 2023. The chicane on
Campbell (between Georgia & Keefer), the pinch point on Glen (at Georgia), and the speed bumps on Glen by Admiral Seymour School remain “under further review”.
There will also be a School Streets Pilot Program on Jackson (between Keefer & Pender) on school days between May 8 and June 2. The block in front of the Strathcona School will be closed to traffic between 8:40-9:10 AM and 2:40-3:20 PM. Additionally, on Wednesdays will be closed for “Play Street” activities between 2:40-3:50 PM. Vehicles already parked may remain during these times.


Raymur Pump Station To Begin Construction

An area on the east end of Cottonwood Gardens has been cleared for the Raymur Pump Station Upgrade. Construction is expected to begin this month with anticipated completion in Fall 2024. Here’s a link to the notification describing what to expect during construction. For more information about the project, please visit this website.Senior’s Housing Survey
The City of Vancouver is seeking community input into the City’s first Seniors Housing Strategy. Your feedback will help them better understand the housing needs of seniors, Elders and older adults aged 55+ living in Vancouver and will help shape policies, partnerships and advocacy actions being developed by the City of Vancouver this year. To take the survey, click here.


UBC Air Quality Study Results

Rivkah and Sakshi, the UBC students who conducted last year’s local air quality study, will be hosting an event to discuss their findings and discuss areas of concern about air pollution in the neighbourhood. When: April 19th, 7-8:30 PM Where: Vancouver Public Library, nə́c̓ aʔmat ct Strathcona branch, Wo Soon Lee Chan Room. Light food and refreshments will be provided

History Walks
Strathcona historian James Johnstone is back in the hood during April and is giving a series of his informative and fun weekend History Walks, including tours of Strathcona, the West End, Grandview and Local Ghosts. Click here for details.

Free Garden Table
Seeds, starts, toolS, pots… who knows what you’ll find at the free garden table!Next Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16 10-2PM at the south end of Linear Park off Hawks & Prior. Click for details

2023 Litter Clean Up Challenge
Pick up trash and win prizes! The city is currently holding a Litter Clean Up Challenge. Conduct a cleanup any time before April 22 and complete their survey for a chance to win 1 of 25 prizes. You can use your own equipment or pick up a cleanup kit at any participating community centre or community policing centre. Click here for more info.

Celebrate Strathcona is set for Saturday, June 10 from 12-4 PM in Strathcona Park. So far here’s what we have lined up: SCPC Scavenger Hunt, Whitecaps Soccer Workshop, Intro to Skateboarding, Intro to Pickleball, VFD Hook and Ladder Splash Zone, Make Mobile, Cupcake Decorating, Sun Yat-Sen Garden activities – plus info tables from local groups. 
It would be great to get a few more grass roots activities for kids (hula hoops, three-legged races, craft tables, get creative!), but for that I need you to step up with ideas and a willingness to organize them. E-mail me: sra@strathcona-residents.org

MacLean Park Music

Music in the Park is back again this summer (thank you, Alan Zisman). Concerts will be on Sunday afternoons from 2-5 PM. Here’s the line -up:
June 25 – a fundraiser for Ukraine medical relief with the Vancouver Folk Ensemble / Vostok / Sulu
July 9 – Anas al Hassan / Gram Partisans /Linda Villareal, Michael Dunn & Friends
July 23 – Tumbling Tumbleweeds / The Burying Ground / Stephen Hamm
Aug 13 – Blue Dirt Girl / Illiteratty / Arsenic & Old Lace
Aug 27 – Elaine Joe / Kit Eakle / Gerry Teahan & LesIsMore
Sept 10 – Multi Genre Dance Party with Prairie Wolfe / Magical Crimea / Deep Cove Big Band
Sept 24 – Side by Side / Swinging Doors / Bushy Park