Call for Community Representation by November 13th: Hastings Park-PNE Community Advisory Committee


Application deadline: Friday November 13, 2015

The Pacific National Exhibition is looking for community members to apply for the Community Advisory Group (CAG).

This group will provide constructive input and feedback to PNE staff regarding items such as:

  • On-Site programming
  • Implementation of aspects of the HP/ PNE Master Plan, and
  • Operational aspects that affect the local community, city and region

As an advisory group, decisions making is outside the scope of CAG.

We are looking for those who have the experience or knowledge, abilities and skills in a minimum of one of these areas (but not limited to):

  • Business and Economic Development
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Neighbourhood Agencies and Associations
  • Culture, Events and Festivals
  • Park Stewardship, Sustainability and Environmental Education
  • Educational Institutions
  • Historical and current knowledge of activities within Hastings Park/PNE

For more details on time commitment, meeting frequency and how to apply,
click here.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact Kate Huffman 604-251-7708 or

Download PDF version of this announcement.

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November 8th: Winter Farmers Market returns to Hastings Park!

After a successful Winter Market last year in Hastings Park, the Eat Local organizers are bringing the Farmers’ Market back to Hastings Park for Winter 2015, starting Sunday, November 8th frpm 10:00am-2:00pm near the skate park.

Visit their website for details and location, as well as a map and directory of vendors lined up for each date of the market.


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Submit Feedback and Nov 7th Info Session: New Brighton Salt Marsh

Reminder that Port Metro Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation invite you to participate in public consultation regarding the proposed New Brighton Park Shoreline Habitat Restoration Project until November 16th.

See pages 10-16 of the PDF proposal and submit your feedback to the City of Vancouver.

Saturday, November 7th, 1:00-3:00 PM
at New Brighton Park.


Provide a Written Submission by email at
Find more information about the plan here.


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FOHP’s Linda Shuto interviewed on CBC about Empire Fields sculpture proposal

In light of tonight’s Park Board meeting to review and possibly decide on installation of a “Home and Away” sculpture in Hastings Park’s Empire Field, Friends of Hastings Park representative Linda Shuto was interviewed today on CBC Radio’s On the Coast, by Stephen Quinn.

Listen to the podcast here, at the 2:06:00 mark in the audio.

(also access through show’s “Past Episodes” on their website, for Monday, September 28th)

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ACT NOW! Park Board voting Monday, Sept 28th on $450K public art in Empire Field–without adequate community consultation

On September 28th, the Park Board will be voting once again whether or not to erect the “Home and Away” slide (ride) masquerading as “art” sculpture at Empire Fields.

We had raised issue with this sculpture proposal before, as it seemed to have been planned without any input whatsoever from the community. Apparently, the Park Board thinks it will pass this time because they did a consultation with 35 people at Library Square in July, and got a favourable result; then the community was also “consulted” in an ad hoc manner during the Empire Fields/Plateau Park opening event in the summer (, which we do not think is sufficient to approve such a significant installation in our community.

We encourage you to e-mail to all Park Board Commissioners, and particularly the liaison commissioners for the Hastings-Sunrise area, Stuart McKinnon (also @betterparks on Twitter) and Erin Shum (also @erinyvr on Twitter), as well as city council (or see a full list of individual councillor e-mails here) as soon as possible as the vote will be on Monday, September 28th.


Contact local government:

Mayor Gregor Robertson:
City Councillors:
– George Affleck:
– Elizabeth Ball:
– Adriane Carr:
– Melissa De Genova:
– Heather Deal:
– Kerry Jang:
– Raymond Louie:
– Geoff Meggs:
– Andrea Reimer:
– Tim Stevenson:
Park Board Commissioners:

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Letter to Mayor and Council: Cleanup of Hastings Park needed after PNE Fair

Dear Mayor Robertson and Councillor Louie,

Please see to the clean up of Hastings Park following the PNE. A big mess needs attending to.

Also, surrounding Hastings Park there is litter strewn along the roads surrounding the park and the landscaping recently put in is already deteriorating. I am not sure who is responsible for planting maintenance, but blackberries are taking over everywhere and the pathetic Rotary Club Planting is a complete mess. The back of the racetrack was once planted with lovely rhododendrons, long choked by blackberry vines and weeds.

This whole area is becoming more derelict. What jurisdiction is responsible for cleaning up litter? The only ones cleaning up at the intersection of Cassiar and Hastings, are those seeking coins from drivers at the intersection.

Gale Tyler for Friends of Hastings Park

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Sept 12th: FREE community event – Welcome BBQ at Hastings Community Centre

The annual Hastings Community Association sponsored “Welcome Back BBQ” is this Saturday, September 12th from 3:00-6:00pm at Hastings Community Centre.

Live entertainment includes The Tim Sars Band and the The Carnival Band. The weather will be warm and the sky will be sunny. A wonderful way to engage with our community and learn of the great new programs and activities at HCC. Please share widely, and hope to see you there! Event updates can be found on the Hastings Community Association’s Facebook page.


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