EVENT: SFU City Talks: Golf Courses or Housing & Parks? – 20. February Urban Planning

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Golf courses or Housing & Parks

WHEN: Thursday February 20, 2020 – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: SFU Vancouver at the port center, 515 West Hastings St., room 7000
ENTRY: Free of charge though Eventbrite registration will be requested to anticipate demand. As this event is free and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. The number of seats is limited. So please think of those who may find it difficult to stand for long periods of time.

There is a new proposal to convert half of Vancouver’s three urban golf courses into up to 10,000 homes and the other half into parkland. A total of 60,000 Vancouverites would be accommodated, from low-income to market prices.

In recent years, the Vancouver Park Board has decided to keep its golf courses. A commissioner stressed its importance for the rest of the elderly and the fight against social isolation.

But the number of golfers is decreasing. And the Park Board recently voted for its employees to “assess the full range of realized and unrealized benefits of the Park Board country currently used for golf” and to examine past, present and future golf demand. This year they will ask about the public’s preferences – your preferences.

Join in to learn all sides of the problem before weighing yourself.

Scot Hein is the author of the apartment / parking proposal. He is an associate professor in the Master of Urban Design program at UBC and formerly Senior Urban Designer in Vancouver. The Vancouver Parks Board officers take part in this discussion Tricia Barker and Dave Demers who have different views on the proposal.

You will start the conversation. Then it is your turn to express your opinion, make observations and decide for yourself.

Please register as our events fill up quickly. And don’t hesitate to bring your lunch with you.


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