Central Park: Creekside Community Centre in False Creek Rain in the membrane

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

S. Thompson
Van. Courier

Just two years after its completion, the Creekside Community Centre in False Creek has sprung a leak.

Actually multiple leaks have forced the replacement of six washrooms and change rooms at the LEED Platinum community centre completed in 2010.

Danica Djurkovic, the city’s director of facilities planning, said it’s not unusual to find deficiencies once a project of this size is completed. At Creekside, a number of water membranes began leaking four months ago. The water membranes are behind walls, which had to be torn down. The repair bill so far is $135,000.

Djurkovic says the building’s warranty has expired, but developer is expected to pay for the repair. She said the city wanted to keep the facility operational, so city workers completed the repairs while staff negotiates with the builder about payment. So far four washrooms and change rooms have been replaced, with another two expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

A rose is a rose

I received a phone call Wednesday from Braeden Caley, the executive assistant, media relations and communications person for Vision Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Caley asked me to clarify the fact the announcement regarding a donation to be used to extend the seawall from Kits Beach to Spanish Banks came from the mayor’s office and not from Vision Vancouver as I wrote. No problem, but for the record Vision Vancouver park board chair Sarah Blyth was in discussions with Vision Vancouver Mayor Robertson about the proposal prior to the announcement. That Vision Vancouver mayor told Blyth he might have someone willing to donate to the project, and from what I understand, the identity of the donor is known only to a select number of Vision Vancouver faithful. So let me be clear, the announcement regarding the seawall came for the mayor’s office and not Vision Vancouver. (I guess that means Vision Vancouver won’t be taking sole credit for the project if it’s completed.)

Rule review

The park board is holding a special meeting July 17 to “To Review interpretation and application of Park Board Committee Meeting and Park Board, Board Meeting rules.” (What they said.)

The meeting takes place at the park board’s administrative office, 2099 Beach Ave. at 7 p.m.

Sprinkle time

Now that the city is embroiled in this incredible heat wave – or at least it’s stopped raining – here’s a reminder about lawn sprinkling regulations and restrictions in effect until Sept. 30.

Sprinkling at residential addresses is allowed between 4 and 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at even-numbered addresses, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at odd-numbered addresses. Sprinkling at non-residential addresses is allowed between 1 and 6 a.m.

Lawn sprinkling regulations apply to lawns and grass but do not apply to flower beds, vegetable gardens, shrubs and trees. There are also no restrictions on hand watering.

Lawn sprinkling outside the permitted times is a bylaw offence and the city will be actively patrolling for violations. For first-time offences, the city will provide a warning notice and accompanying education on sprinkling regulations. Subsequent infractions could result in a $100 fine.

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