Letter: 'Coquitlam needs a museum and we have one on the Riverview Hospital site'

"There are historic buildings on the Riverview Hospital site to look after the archives," writes Norma Gillespie.

The Editor,

It was great to see so many at Coquitlam’s Heritage Symposium on April 16 and to hear so many good speakers. For the first time in many years, I felt hopeful regarding our dream of preserving Old Riverview.

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Coquitlam needs a museum and we have one on the Riverview Hospital site. It’s a living museum that takes in the entire remaining 244 acres. It has been written and talked about before by heritage advocates and we came close to talking about it at the symposium at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

There are historic buildings on the Riverview Hospital site to look after the archives and some of the finest trees in Canada that can do their part. One only has to walk through the trees to feel the energy.

Riverview Horticultural Centre Society has been advocating for the preservation of this site for over 20 years. So many now speak of a wellness centre for those who need one and for everyone a living museum for us to stroll through to feel uplifted.

I tell everyone to write to Premier Christy Clark and say “no” to market housing on this site. Riverview is desperately needed and could never be replaced.

Norma Gillespie, Coquitlam

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