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The Green Necklace

Comment from Voices:  There are many opinions about the new Grand Boulevard portion of the Green Necklace – mostly negative.   Here is an email to the North Shore News reporter who covered the Council meeting last week for further funding (http://www.nsnews.com/news/council-approves-final-funds-for-green-necklace-1.2361114).   There are also comments on the NSNews page on facebook.


Email sent to Jeremy Shepherd:

“Green trail nearing completion more than a century after it was first pitched.” ………..   I do so wish that as a writer/reporter for our only local newspaper you would  research genuine history rather than just print the political rhetoric given out by city hall!


    The original Green Necklace  has been walked on, sat on, played on, sunbathed on, picniced on, jogged on and used as a quiet place for  simple contemplation for over a century.   This “necklace” is made up of several large tracts of parkland, all beautifully GREEN, that encircle North Van city centre   – Mahon Park, Victoria Park and Grand Boulevard.  Greenwood Park was added quite recently.  It was originally a gravel quarry.


    About 12 years ago the City announced its project of creating a wide, blacktopped sidewalk that would encircle the city centre using the four parks as anchors and would replace existing sidewalks  and paths through residential and park areas. The City leaned on history and named their new, expensive project the Green Necklace.   Councillor Rod Clark promptly christened it  The BLACK NECKLACE and that is exactly what it has become.  Nowhere is this so blatantly obvious than on Grand Boulevard.   What is GREEN  in those three broad stripes  of black asphalt that now dominate the eleven blocks of  our bucolic Grand Boulevard?  Did you know that years ago Ray Perrault tethered a horse he used in his campaign over night on the Boulevard?


    I can sympathize with Councillor Clark throwing in the towel.  These changes are now all fait accompli but I do get angry when a reporter of what is going on in our city can’t separate truth from propaganda. 


Sincerely,    JOAN PETERS


City approves paved path through Grand Boulevard

After 109 years, North Vancouver’s Green Necklace is one step from making ends meet.

Council voted to fund the next-to-last-leg of the seven-kilometre walking/cycling loop around Central Lonsdale Monday, but not everyone was seeing green.

“It’s a strip of tarmacadam around the city, there’s nothing green about it,” said Coun. Rod Clark, adding he’d once dubbed the loop “the black necklace.”

The newest stretch of paved trail is slated to stretch 2.1 kilometres along East Keith Road to Grand Boulevard and north to 19th Street. However, the bike trails would be better suited to Ridgeway, Sutherland, or Moody Avenues, according to Clark, who said Grand Boulevard “has served the city extremely well just the way it is.”

Besides paving the pedestrian trail down the centre of Grand Boulevard, the plan includes two single-direction cycle paths along the park’s perimeter.

“What’s multi-modal about putting three strips of tarmacadam down Grand Boulevard; two on either side for exclusive use of bicycles, one north and one south?” Clark asked, adding he was dubious about the city’s ability to enforce the single-direction lanes.

The Green Necklace is essential for allowing North Vancouverites to travel freely and easily around the heart of their city, responded Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

“If we don’t give (commuters) alternatives they will continue to use their automobiles, so we have to give them proper, logical alternatives,” Mussatto said.

After initially resisting the Green Necklace, the public is now clamouring for it, according to Coun. Craig Keating.

“People want multi-modal trails where they can have bikes and strollers and wheelchairs,” he said.

The city has now allocated $2.3 million to continue work on the Green Necklace, as well as $200,000 already spent for planning and design. City staff expect the municipality to receive $382,700 in funding from TransLink for the project.

The $2.5-million price tag is too steep, according to Coun. Pam Bookham, who also criticized the selection of Grand Boulevard.

“Maybe it’s not the best thing to put cyclists, pedestrians, trucks and cars all in the same corridor,” she said.

“Anyone who has been on this particular route at rush hour – which is increasingly longer – knows that there exists already a huge challenge, and that’s without removing any parking.”

City staff promised to retain as many parking spots as possible. The plan also includes improved street lighting at each intersection.

While she was initially opposed to the trail system, Coun. Holly Back lauded the Green Necklace, particularly the decision to pave the centre of Grand Boulevard, which she said would allow easy passage for people in wheelchairs and parents pushing strollers.

“I think that we’ve started the project and we should take it to completion,” Back said.

The motion to fund the Green Necklace passed 5-2, with Couns. Clark and Bookham opposed.

After first being envisioned in North Vancouver’s 1907 town plan, the first segment of the Green Necklace along Keith Road was finished in 2005.

Coun. Craig Keating was nearly two hours late for the meeting, but arrived just in time to debate the Green Necklace.


– See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/news/city-approves-paved-path-through-grand-boulevard-1.2193579#sthash.9l4mpVZd.dpuf

Source: City approves paved path through Grand Boulevard

Tilting at mountain windmills and other empty green hype

from Business Vancouver and quoting in part:

The “grossest distortion of green data” award still goes to Grouse Mountain’s Eye of the Wind turbine. It was narrowly approved in 2008 by District of North Vancouver council on the promise that it had partnered with BC Hydro to be a “beacon of sustainability” and to produce enough electricity to power 400 homes. When it was turned on in 2010, B.C.’s minister of energy, Bill Bennett, called it “Vancouver’s first commercially viable wind turbine.” He’s right. Its viewing station brings in around $750,000 a year. But it actually produces power for about 12 homes because the wind rarely blows hard enough to turn the giant turbines. Grouse Mountain refuses to release actual data. According to Petrie, it will be lucky to produce enough electricity in 25 years to make up for the energy embodied in its manufacture and installation.


Like many other sustainability success stories we’re being asked to believe, it’s a hoax. 


Tilting at mountain windmills and other empty green hype.