895 W 27th Avenue (@ Willow Street)
390 E 36th Avenue (@ Prince Edward Street)
Douglas Park Community Centre
801 West 22nd Avenue Vancouver, BC
169 E 19th Avenue (@ Quebec Street)
702 W 18th Avenue (@ Heather Street)
4501 Clancy Loranger Way (@ Midlothian Avenue)
Langara Golf Course
6706 Alberta Street (@ W 49th Avenue)
Nat Bailey Stadium
4601 Ontario Street (@ W 30th Avenue)
Prince Edward Park
3773 Prince Edward Street (@ E 21st Avenue)
Queen Elizabeth Park
4600 Cambie Street (@ W 29th Avenue)
Riley Park Community Centre
50 E 30th Avenue (@ Ontario Street)
Crofton House School
Crofton House School is an independent school for girls. Enhanced by a century of tradition, we are a community dedicated to stimulating and nurturing each student’s potential for intellectual, artistic, and athletic excellence. We inspire young women to meet the challenges of life with confidence, to tak a responsible role in society, and to enjoy a lifelong enthusiam for learning.
Kerrisdale Elementary School
Kerrisdale Main School consists of 597 students from Kindergarten to grade seven. We have completed seismic upgrading of our buildings. This project finish during the 2006/2007 school year. We are a growing French Immersion Centre and currently have Kindergarten to grade five French Immersion classes.
Our Annex has about 140 students in K to grade 3. The Annex is located one kilometer away at 5901 Balaclava Street.
Our large playground includes an outdoor classroom area, two levels of playing fields, one adventure playground, basketball court, and a landscaped area with benches and picnic tables.
Approximately 20% of our students are designated English as a Second Language; 30% of our families speak a language other than English in their homes.
Our school has an atmosphere where children have a sense of purpose and direction. Kerrisdale students are well supported and encouraged at home. At school, the staff bring a wide diversity of talents and experiences to support a school-wide commitment to academic, aesthetic, and physical excellence in helping all students strive for and achieve their full potential.
As well, a sense of social responsibility and respect for the ideas and beliefs of others is demonstrated in our school objective to promote and support positive social interactions through the development of a Peer Helper Program, effective buddy systems, active Student Council, and school-wide recognition and celebration of good citizenship.
Magee Secondary School
Magee Secondary is well known in Vancouver for its long tradition of excellence in Academics, Athletics and the Arts. It is housed in a bright, modern building, completed in 2000, featuring an atrium design that focuses and enhances the school’s sense of pride and community. Magee’s gyms, library and computer facilities are up to date and fully equipped. Magee’s Arts wing includes the city’s finest school theatre facility, locus of the extensive Performing Arts program as well as many special district and community events.
Maple Grove Elementary School
The school opened in 1924, and an addition was built in 1952. It used to be known as Magee Secondary School, before a separate building was built to accommodate the secondary school.
It is located at 6199 Cypress Street, adjacent to the current Magee Secondary School (the old one has been demolished). As of 2007, the current school principal is Eileen Phillips, and the vice-principal is Joanne Dale.
The school also offers a Montessori Program, which has been in operation since September 2005.
The school hosts an annual Spring Festival every year during April that started a few years back. The Spring Festival is a fundraiser for the school and contains a talent show, fashion show, games, food and more.
Dr. R. E. McKechnie Elementary
Our school is a diverse and multicultural family. We strive to support each other in a caring learning environment. Parents and staff work closely together to help the students reach high standards through enjoyable experiences at school. Our enrollment is 288, with a staff of 32. We are located in the South Kerrisdale / Marpole area.
Many extra-curricular sports and fine arts programs are offered by our staff and volunteers, including cross-country running, volleyball, basketball, track and field, Ultimate, band, choir, and Lego First. Our Parent Advisory Committee is very active and well-attended and has more than twenty subcommittees. Our fundraising has been extremely successful, supplying wonderful teaching resources in every room of the school and allowing for our students to benefit from special performing arts groups and visiting presenters and outdoor education opportunities.
Point Grey Secondary
Point Grey Secondary School is an 8-12 secondary school located in the Kerrisdale and Shaugnessy neighbourhood of Vancouver. The main building was built in 1929 in a Collegiate Gothic style. Construction of the school was commissioned by the Municipality of Point Grey prior to amalgamation with the City of Vancouver. The first students began classes in September 1929 and the building served as a junior high school until 1965 when it became a full secondary school. Point Grey Secondary was built originally as a junior high school. Also in 1965, a new wing was added with a gym, laboratories and a library. Recently in 2006, Point Grey, in conjunction with the Parks Board, completed a new artificial turf field, and have upgraded the track surrounding it to a rubber surface. Point Grey also offers Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Physics, and Psychology.
One of the earliest community centres to be built in Vancouver, Kerrisdale Community Centre was constructed in 1952 through a local improvement by-law initiative whereby residents in the area agreed to directly fund facility building costs. Serving a neighbourhood comprised of a growing senior’s population with a recent influx of young families there is something for everyone available through this very popular centre. Kerrisdale Community Centre is located at West 42nd Avenue and West Boulevard, just one block south of the bustling, village business district. An indoor pool, gymnasium, public library and seniors’ wing comprise the main building complex with Kerrisdale’s Cyclone Taylor Skating Arena (with summer indoor play area) sited just two blocks away. Recreation programs of all description, for all ages can be found here along with swimming programs, lessons and a well-equipped fitness centre. Pottery, dance, health and fitness programs plus an indoor children’s play area can all be found at Kerrisdale Community Centre. Outdoor amenities include a children’s playground and a lovely hybrid tea rose garden at the west end of the centre’s surrounding park.
Vancouver Heritage Housing
In April 1983, City Council initiated a Heritage Conservation Program. Both Council and the Vancouver Heritage Commission (then known as the Heritage Advisory Committee) realized that a comprehensive management program was necessary to identify the city’s heritage resources, to develop incentives to assist in the conservation of those resources, and to create a greater awareness and understanding of our built heritage. There are three main components to the Heritage Program.
Vancouver Heritage Register
By the end of 1986, Vancouver’s centennial year, City Council adopted the Vancouver Heritage Register (then known as the Heritage Inventory) which included buildings, landscapes, monuments and archaeological sites that have heritage significance. A site does not have to be designated to be included on the Register. There are approximately 2,400 resources listed on the Register ranging from workers cottages and utilitarian warehouses to elaborately decorated mansions and commercial buildings. The Vancouver Heritage Register [pdf] is a valuable record of the development and change that has occurred in Vancouver’s history. Approximately 21% (about 500) sites are municipally designated [see the Heritage Bylaw].
Heritage Management Plan
The Heritage Management Plan includes a program of incentives and protective measures that are aimed at promoting the conservation of our heritage resources. Incentives such as zoning by-law, subdivision by-law and parking by-law relaxations, density bonuses and transfers, and permit fast tracking encourage the restoration and continued use of heritage buildings. Protective measures include designation, heritage revitalization agreements, heritage alteration permits, heritage inspections, impact assessments, temporary protection, the withholding of approvals and permits, heritage control periods and heritage site maintenance standards.
Public Education and Information Program
This aspect of the Heritage Conservation Program provides information to the public on heritage issues and appropriate conservation techniques. Initiatives such as the annual Heritage Awards which recognize efforts that further the goal of heritage conservation are also an important part of the Heritage Program. The Heritage Plaque Program identifies municipally designated heritage sites with a distinctive bronze plaque and serves to acknowledge conservation efforts of building owners. It also increases public awareness of our built heritage and of our history.
What is the Vancouver Heritage Register?
The Vancouver Heritage Register [PDF] is the cornerstone of the City’s Heritage program. Adopted in 1986 (then known as the Heritage Inventory), it is a policy and guideline document which includes approximately 2,150 buildings, and 131 landscapes, monuments and archaeological sites. To be included on the Register, sites must be identified as having heritage value and/or heritage character and be at least 20 years old. The Register is a planning tool which provides a valuable record of Vancouver’s heritage.
A comprehensive architectural survey of the city was completed by a study team that looked at every street in the City to identify notable buildings. This work, together with additional historical research on the buildings, was used to evaluate each building according to the following criteria: (1) architectural significance; (2) historical significance; (3) the extent to which the original context of the building and its surroundings remain; and (4) the degree of alteration to the exterior of the building.
To be included on the Heritage Register, a site is evaluated as outlined above, and in so doing it must be identified as having heritage value and/or heritage character. Heritage value means historical, cultural, aesthetic, scientific or educational worth. Heritage character means the overall effect produced by traits or features which give a property or an area its distinctive quality. There can be different degrees and kinds of value and character. A rare example of a once-common building type may be of considerable value in one neighbourhood over a similar building in another area where that building type is more prevalent.
What do the “A”, “B” and “C” Evaluation Categories Mean?
These categories are general classifications and are based on any combination of historic, architectural, cultural, spiritual, scientific or social values.
A – Primary Significance
Represents the best examples of a style or type of building; may be associated with a person or event of significance.
B – Significant
Represents good examples of a particular style or type, either individually or collectively; may have some documented historical or cultural significance in a neighbourhood.
C – Contextual or Character
Represents those buildings that contribute to the historic character of an area or streetscape, usually found in groupings of more than one building but may also be of individual importance.
While the category is a useful reference, the key is that whichever category a building is placed under, it has heritage value.
Can Registered Buildings be Altered or Demolished?
Does a Building’s “A”, “B” or “C” Category Affect How It Is Treated?
A building which is listed on the Heritage Register can be altered on the exterior. However, when considering alterations, the way in which the exterior is treated should not depend on whether it is an “A”, “B” or “C”. In other words, the heritage value of each building on the Heritage Register is formally recognized and the elements that define its character should be afforded the same level of respect. If a permit is required for the alteration, it will be referred to heritage staff for comments as part of the permit process.
Council’s “Heritage Polices and Guidelines” describe Council’s intent with respect to heritage properties listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register (VHR). Before a permit can be issued to demolish a building on the VHR, development and building permits for the new development must first be obtained. In this period staff would explore retention options with the applicant. Often applicants do not know all the options and incentives/bonuses which are applicable if a heritage building is retained. These can include floor area bonuses and relaxations in height, setbacks, parking, etc. Heritage incentives are meant to be used to successfully find alternatives to the demolition of heritage buildings to the satisfaction of both the property owner and the city.
In addition to the process described above, Council policy specifies that if a building is listed in the “A” category on the VHR and demolition is sought by the owner, then:
“Council has instructed that, prior to consideration of a proposal for the demolition of an “A” building, a formal independent consultant’s report on the physical condition and economic viability of retaining the building should be reviewed by the Director of Planning. The consultant’s report is to be carried out at the expense of the applicant.”
The Planning Department’s practice in this regard has been to advise Council of the demolition request for an “A” listed building and seek their advice. For all other buildings on the Vancouver Heritage Register, if the development application is “outright” with respect to use and regulation, and there is no voluntary interest in keeping the building by the owner (or prospective owner) then the heritage hold would be removed and the demolition application process would proceed. The process typically takes one to three weeks.
For applications that seek a “conditional” development with respect to use or regulation, (e.g. a single family dwelling containing a secondary suite) the City is under no obligation to approve an application that seeks the demolition of a building on the VHR. Instead, Council’s policy instructs staff to give special consideration through applying zoning incentives to applications that seek the retention of a resource on the Heritage Register. It can take one to six months to complete the permitting process to retain the heritage building, depending on the complexity of the site, development requested and the level of negotiation.
In addition to the procedures described above, the Vancouver Charter (sections 583 and 589) permits Council to delay the demolition approval of a building either on the Heritage Register or a building that “may be heritage property”, through temporary protection for a period of 120 days. During this time, a heritage inspection may be ordered (at the owners expense) to assess the heritage value of the site.
How are Sites Added to the Vancouver Heritage Register?
When the original Heritage Register was adopted in 1986, Council supported a public nomination program whereby sites would be nominated for addition to the Register. Public nominations are reviewed by heritage staff who prepare an evaluation form for the site. The evaluation is then reviewed by the Vancouver Heritage Commission. If the person nominating the building is not the owner, then consultation with the owner must occur to determine whether or not the owner is supportive of the nomination. Sites with sufficient heritage value or character are forwarded to Council for consideration in amending the Register. If approved, the site is added to the Register.
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