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Spring Ridge Commons
Spring Ridge Commons
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Commenced:
01/01/1999
Submitted:
03/02/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Chambers and Gladstone, Victoria, BC, CA
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(250) 380-6383 Linda
Website:
http://springridgecommons.ca
Climate zone:
Mediterranean





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Spring Ridge Commons Public Meeting

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Posted by Linda Chan over 6 years ago

In Spring and early Summer of 2014, Spring Ridge Commons and the surrounding neighbors experienced the effects of increased drug use, people camping and dangerous people there……

In Spring and early Summer of 2014, Spring Ridge Commons and the surrounding neighbors experienced the effects of  increased drug use, people camping and dangerous people there…… People trying to sell crack and telling parents their kids aren’t welcome.  People camping on the Stelly Street (north side of Spring Ridge Commons)  and even on a neighbour’s veranda (across the street from Spring Ridge Commons).

People camping at Spring Ridge Commons was particularly challenging …..  They would be moved on and then half an hour later, they would be back with  incredible amounts of stuff, as if nothing happened.  It did take a concerted effort and the neighbours grew weary and frustrated with the Fernwood NRG’s and the City of Victoria Police Dept’s  inability to effect change so the neighbours effected change with some pruning shears in mid-July and also took down the trellis structure and large sign with the map and the collaborative mural on the back. Much of the ­vegetation was removed or cut back to ground level, and the larger trees were pruned up to a height so that everyone—including the neighbours walking through and the police driving by—could see right through the site. According to some ­immediate ­neighbours, this has already greatly reduced the ­undesirable activity on the site, while others objected to the rough handling of the “forest.  This "Haircut" resulted in an informal meeting of neighbors, concerned individuals and Lee Herrin, Executive Director of the Fernwood NRG (Leaseholder) at Spring Ridge Commons on July 23 to discuss the future of Spring Ridge Commons.  This meeting was fruitful resulting in Lee's commitment to hold a Public Meeting in the Fall to give people the opportunity to share how this Permaculture Garden/Food Forest could be sustainable in light of the above challenges

At Spring Ridge Commons' Public Meeting on Sept 24, 2014,  there was a great turnout of people (approximately 100) who care about Spring Ridge Common.  

There is the YouTube Video by Brent Howard:

and Meeting Notes documenting people's sincere ideas and experiences at Spring Ridge Commons by Linda Chan

http://springridge.rd123.ca/?p=644

 

Lead-up to the Spring Ridge Commons Public Meeting (with Postings from Facebook):

http://springridge.rd123.ca/?page_id=107

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