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THE FERNWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

The Fernwood Community Association (FCA) plays an active role in Fernwood land use and development issues. We act as a liaison between the Fernwood community and the City of Victoria.

The Fernwood Community Association operates from a heritage building at 1923 Fernwood Road. We occupy a small front office on the main floor and the rest of the building including the Main Hall (formerly “Little Fernwood”, now “Paul Phillips”) and a boardroom are available for rental and community activities.

Groups using this building include Theatre Inconnu, Pandora Arts Collective, Cafe Sympatico, and Little Fernwood Gallery, along with several recovery support groups and one-off community rentals for events, art shows, independent theatre groups, meetings and celebrations.

The FCA operates two Community Allotment Gardens in Fernwood. One is the Fernwood Community Garden on Chambers St. The FCA sublets a portion of this space to the Victoria Compost Education Centre, which itself was once a project of the FCA and is now a successful independent organization in its own right. Earthbound Community Allotment Garden on Garden St. is the location of the other FCA site.

At the corner of Chambers & Gladstone is Spring Ridge Common(s), a Community Urban Food Forest / Permaculture Demonstration Garden which the FCA initiated in 1999 and leased from School District 61 from 1999 to May 2007. The current leaseholder is the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group, who have also committed to maintaining it as an accessible, permaculture green space for the community.

We are now one of the sponsors of the Fernwood Community Mapping Project. You can read about how this exciting community project grew at the Fernwood Then & Now page. (See Fernwood Community Map under WHAT’S NEW below.)

Thank You

The FCA thanks the City of Victoria for their grant of $3000 to hire a volunteer coordinator for the Fernwood Community Garden and Earthbound Gardens.

WHAT’S NEW?

“Name this Park!” initiative: Begbie Green

Begbie Green is a half-acre community space located in the North Jubilee neighbourhood along Shelbourne Street, near the intersection of Pembroke and Begbie Streets. Last year, the City of Victoria worked with local residents to [...]

By |July 13th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on “Name this Park!” initiative: Begbie Green

Cancelled – Spring Ridge Commons Meeting

The Spring Ridge Commons  Meeting to Brainstorm Ideas re: the City of Victoria My Great Neighbourhood Grant for Placemaking in and around Spring Ridge Commons is postponed until the Fall - not applying at this [...]

By |July 11th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Cancelled – Spring Ridge Commons Meeting

Crystal Pool: Your opinions matter

Please check this notice from Friends of Crystal Pool, which the Fernwood Community Association is a member of: Hi Friends, The time is here to tell the City what we want for improvements to Crystal [...]

By |June 20th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Crystal Pool: Your opinions matter

Fernwood Update for May: from City of Victoria

What is Happening in Your Neighbourhood? Biketoria Cycling Path Following approval in a Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday May 5, on May 12, City Council will consider approval of an All Ages and [...]

By |June 8th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Fernwood Update for May: from City of Victoria

Learn about Victoria’s Plan to Build Protected Bike Lanes

Victoria’s City Council will be considering the development of a series of protected bike lanes throughout the city. The development of protected bike lanes will require removing either a vehicle parking lane or a vehicle [...]

By |February 24th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Learn about Victoria’s Plan to Build Protected Bike Lanes

Launch of the Vic High Soup Lunch with soup for 250+ students

Where: Vic High Kitchen, Victoria High School, 1260 Grant St, Victoria, BC When: Monday, February 29th. Chef teaching will be from 8:30am to Noon Goal: To build a self-sustaining community while teaching the basics of [...]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Launch of the Vic High Soup Lunch with soup for 250+ students

Theatre Inconnu’s Silent Auction Request.

Donors you too can laugh, cry, cheer, as you watch innovative, thought provoking plays at Theatre Inconnu's home in the heart of historic Fernwood. Enjoy artful plays that are accessible to everyone as reflected in [...]

By |February 12th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Theatre Inconnu’s Silent Auction Request.

Daylighting The Stream & Streamwalks

See on our Projects page, information about Daylighting The Stream & scheduled stream walks. The steam, now culverted, rose in Fernwood and ran through what is now North Park, Quadra/Hillside, and Burnside/Gorge. On February 7, [...]

By |February 11th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Daylighting The Stream & Streamwalks

Attend a Free Emergency Preparedness Workshop

VICTORIA, BC — The recent late-night earthquake near Victoria is a reminder that an earthquake can happen at any time. Victoria has a one in three probability of experiencing a damaging earthquake in the next [...]

By |January 7th, 2016|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Attend a Free Emergency Preparedness Workshop

City Approves Use of Vacant Property at 1240 Yates Street for Short-term Emergency Shelter

News Release from the City of Victoria December 21, 2015 The City of Victoria plans to lease a vacant City property located at 1240 Yates Street to BC Housing and Our Place to operate an [...]

By |December 21st, 2015|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on City Approves Use of Vacant Property at 1240 Yates Street for Short-term Emergency Shelter

New Page

We've added a new page to our menu. Here we will keep descriptions of Fernwood community projects that the FCA sponsors or supports. On that page now we have updated info on the Fernwood Community [...]

By |December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on New Page

Support for Syrian Refugee Family: Fernwood / Fairfield Support Group

We are a small group of concerned residents who want to help bring a Syrian refugee family to Victoria, BC. The family we are sponsoring are a young couple with four small children. They have [...]

By |November 27th, 2015|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Support for Syrian Refugee Family: Fernwood / Fairfield Support Group

Spring Ridge Commons appeal for volunteers & donations.

Spring Ridge Commons is needing lots of TLC at this time. On-site effort is needed to tidy up several areas of the Commons to begin dealing with some major challenges (couch grass and other invasive [...]

By |November 26th, 2015|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Spring Ridge Commons appeal for volunteers & donations.

Streetscape Improvements for North Park Village Proposed

Residents are being asked to participate in the second community event and have their say about options for new medians, crosswalks, banners, wider sidewalks and placemaking elements on Cook Street between Pandora and Caledonia. Community [...]

By |September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Streetscape Improvements for North Park Village Proposed

Fernwood’s First Street Mandala!

On Saturday, August 22, Fernwoodians painted Fernwood's first street mandala on the pavement where Grant Street dead ends into Haegert Park, just past Vic High. The idea, inspired by the many mandalas painted in Portland, [...]

By |August 26th, 2015|Categories: Latest News|Comments Off on Fernwood’s First Street Mandala!