March 2024 Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

First Saturday Open Studios  Saturday, March 2, 12-5 PM. Tour local art studios and galleries at this monthly, artist-run event. Open to the public. To see which studios will be open, go to  https://www.firstsaturday.ca/

Free Indoor Pickleball  Every Monday, 1-2:30  RayCam Co-operative Centre gym. Fun and exercise! For all local residents 19+. Equipment provided. Beginners welcome.  This program will be discontinued unless we can get 4-8 more regular participants.

Easter Fair and Egg Hunt  Saturday, March 30, 11 AM -12:30PM, Strathcona Community Centre. This Youth Council-led event will have an Easter egg hunt and plenty of arts & crafts, games and activities. Advance registration for the egg hunt is required.
12:30 PM
SRA Bi-Monthly Meeting The next SRA Residents Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 2 at the SCC. Here’s a link to minutes from our February meeting.

Keeping It Local

We received about two dozen responses to our Keep It Local survey. So far, that’s led to the formation of a monthly game night and the stirrings of a neighbourhood book club. There’s also interest in an appetizer/cocktail crawl and a local version of TED Talks.

Starting in May, we’ll be holding a weekly Friday Night Get Together in MacLean Park on from 6-8 PM. Very informal. Just a chance to just meet and share with neighbours. Stay tuned for details. 
Let’s keep this going! If you’d like to get more involved with your community – at any level – PLEASE TAKE OUR REVISED SURVEY. JUST CLICK HERE.

Community depends on you taking the first step.

Full Closure of Raymur Ave Rail Crossing


The city plans to close the Raymur Ave. railway crossing to address safety concerns and meet Transport Canada’s new safety standards. The initial deadline to install the safety upgrades was the fall of 2021, but Transport Canada extended the deadline to November 2024. The extension allowed the engineering staff to work with a consultant to study different railway safety options. The study built on feedback collected from the Strathcona community and local businesses in 2021.

Changes
The consultant’s assessment confirmed that a full closure of the railway crossing is the only feasible long-term option to meet the new safety standards. As a result, the city will make these changes by fall 2024:
– Add new barriers along the north and south sides of the railway crossing.
– Remove the bell and light warning systems, which will reduce noise in the area.
– Place “do not enter” signs to notify approaching vehicles travelling north (at Raymur Ave near the Hastings overpass bridge) and south (at E Cordova St and Raymur Ave) of the road closure.

Two-way vehicle travel will continue on both the east and west laneways of Cordova St.

Impacts
– Removing the bell and light warning system will reduce noise in the area.
– People driving, walking, biking, and rolling will not be able to cross the Raymur Avenue railway.
– Drivers in the east laneway can only make right-hand turns going north onto Raymur Avenue. Southbound vehicle travel will not be allowed.
– Drivers in the west laneway can only make right-hand turns going south onto Raymur Avenue. Northbound vehicle travel will not be allowed.

Questions? Email railsafety@vancouver.ca.

Jackson St. Closure


The School Streets pilot plan to close Jackson St. in front of Strathcona Elementary between Keefer and Pender has been rescheduled from April-June to August-December 2024. Details are still in the works. The School Streets Team will give a presentation to answer questions and get feedback during the April or May SRA meeting. Stay tuned.

Deeper Dives

If you’d like to take a more in-depth look at a few big issues facing our area, here are some links…

Northeast False Creek Plan.  Updates on what’s happening with the Viaducts, Hogan’s Alley, the old casino site, and more.

Budget Task Force Report. Released in January, this report addresses “two dire issues: the unsustainable climb in property taxes and the staggering $500 million annual gap in infrastructure funding.”

If you have comments/questions or anything to add to our next issue, you can reach us at sra@strathcona-residents.org.

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