A large crowd gathered around Notre Dame school for the annual Archbishop’s Cup football game on Saturday. Fans spilled out from the stands and stood in the rain along Kaslo Street to watch the game, setting up two shelters and blocking the sidewalk.
In addition to the overflow crowd, side streets were jammed with visiting cars and there were numerous parking violations. City by-law officers ticketed several vehicles and at least one was towed for parking next to a fire hydrant. This despite parking made available by the school a few minutes walk away at Renfrew and Hastings.
The crowd was noisy, but for the most part well behaved. However, several fans were caught urinating on a garage in the lane between Parker and Venables near Kaslo. When the shocked homeowner told them to stop, they just moved farther up the alley to continue their business.
A small group were drinking beer on the Kaslo sidewalk near the white tent.
The school hired security guards to keep an eye on things on school property. We were told by one of the guards that his jurisdiction didn’t extend to the sidewalks. The City by-law officers were only interested in parking violations. Calls to the Vancouver Police non-emergency line went nowhere as wait times on Saturday were extremely long.
Pass or Fail?
The school deserves a failing grade for the first big event they’ve held since the completion of Juggler Field. Minimal effort was made to inform local residents about the Archbishop’s Cup and the crowd it would attract. And it was only in English and only to people with internet access.
While the field was under construction, flyers were delivered from time to time to warn nearby residents about a change of work hours or an increase in noise. It’s not clear why, given the number of people expected for the game, this wasn’t done. It would be easy to include other languages like Mandarin or Cantonese as well.
NRC – wherefore art thou?
This committee is designed to facilitate communication between the school and residents. It is barely functioning. The school promised quarterly meetings for the Neighbour Relations Committee (NRC), but has failed to live up even to that and still hasn’t published a meeting schedule for this school year.
Regular meetings and more members without direct ties to Notre Dame would help the committee be more effective.
Brown Trees Don’t Make It
People who attend events at Notre Dame are supposed to stay on Notre Dame property and not block sidewalks around the school or stand near the firehall.
One of their building permit requirements states that “perimeter areas should screen the field and not be utilized as additional sitting or standing space”. (DP-2018-00128 condition 1.4 – see link below)
Notre Dame needs to comply with this permit conditions and install screening. The trees planted along Kaslo Street are all dead, as are many of the shrubs and smaller plants. The school built a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sports facility, but somehow can’t keep a few plants alive.
The local residents need to know why the trees and plants aren’t thriving, and when Notre Dame is going to fix the problem.
In the meantime, if they are going to continue holding events on Juggler Field, perhaps they should look to a temporary screening solution.
And put Jiffy John on speed dial.