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Rental of 3030 Victoria Drive

July 18 2017

Vancouver's John Hendry Park

The Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver will be making a house at 3030 Victoria Drive available for rent. The property was purchased by the City for the future expansion of John Hendry Park.

The house will be offered for a lease period of five years through the City’s housing tenanting process using the BC Housing Registry. The BC Housing Registry has more than 10,000 households on a waiting list for affordable housing in Metro Vancouver.

House to be renovated

We appreciate the concerns of the community over the potential demolition of housing stock, and have determined that the house will be renovated to ensure the safety of future tenants. The Park Board will engage with the community over any future expansion plans of John Hendry Park.
 
At the time the property at 3030 Victoria Drive was purchased, it was believed adjacent properties may become available in the near future. This has not materialized. It was never our intention to see this property remain empty for 18 months and we are now moving to ensure this City property is put to the best public use.

Park deficient neighbourhood

The Park Board property acquisition strategy has identified the broader Grandview Woodlands/Cedar Cottage as a moderately park deficient neighbourhood. The community was consulted about the future improvements as part of the John Hendry master planning process.
 
Growing  population and planned densification increases the demand for park space in this and other park deficient communities. To ensure that all residents have equitable access to green space, the Vancouver Park Board works with the City on a long-range property acquisition strategy to acquire sites for future park development and expansion.  
 
Many of our beloved parks and green spaces, including English Bay, Emery Barnes, Point Grey Road, have been developed by thoughtful, long-term assembly of private and commercial property over many decades.