June 8th: URGENT – Register to speak at PNE public board meeting, on proposals affecting Hastings Park

Dear Neighbours and Friends,

There is an important public PNE Board Meeting happening:
June 8th at 530pm
Hastings Room
(find on the PNE site map here)

There are 4 new proposals to consider. If you sign up to speak, you must be there earlier. (see link)

1) The PNE is proposing a Chinese Lantern Festival from Dec 15th-Jan 2nd, Sun-Thurs 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm.
They are expecting 100,000 plus visitors.

Although we like this kind of festival, we have some serious concerns about its footprint, which will surround the Sanctuary with 8-ft opaque fencing, and encompass much of the surrounding park space as well. There will be restricted access to the Sanctuary for 2.5 months.(Put-up starts November 15, take-down, February 2nd) with public access ONLY from Hastings Street.

They are planning to make this an annual event and we have suggested that, in future, it be moved inside Playland, leaving the Sanctuary open to unfettered access by the public. We also anticipate serious parking issues, as there will be multiple events going on at Hastings Park/PNE Buildings during this time.

2) Playland Nights: 4 Friday nights in July will be changed to ADULT ONLY and open from 7pm-midnight. There will be LIQUOR served and consumed throughout Playland.

This does not bode well for the surrounding community after midnight as patrons exit PLAYLAND.

3) The Forum is applying to change their liquor license to allow patrons to carry their drinks throughout the venue in an effort to attract more entertainment acts and bands, where alcohol is featured, much like venues downtown. Alcohol would be served until 100 am.

4) DRONES OVER the SANCTUARY. The PNE intends to hold a lighted drone show over the Sanctuary during the PNE.

We are very much opposed, as it will be dangerous to the birds, ducks and all other wildlife and plants in the Sanctuary. Also they will have a motorized boat in the pond. People observing could do a lot of costly damage to the Sanctuary.

Perhaps the event could be held inside the Race Track area or the amphitheatre, but it is inconceivable that it be held in a bird and nature sanctuary. This area is to be a refuge for birds and ducks, not a venue for automated

The Hastings Park Conservancy

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PNE Community Grant Fund – Deadline Sunday, April 23rd

Reminder that this Sunday April 23, 2017 is the deadline for the PNE’s New Community Grant Fund.

For more information and application form check out http://www.pne.ca/community

Reminder funds for this grant will be coming from Community Day at Playland which is Saturday May 27th.

For questions or more information, contact:
Kate Chong (née Huffman)| Manager, Community Relations
Email: KChong@pne.ca
2901 East Hastings Street | Hastings Park | Vancouver, BC | V5K 5J1
T: 604.251.7708 F: 604.251.7773

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April 19th: AGM of Hastings Community Association

Community members with an active Hastings Community Association membership are encouraged to attend the AGM TONIGHT!
April 19, 2017
7:00-8:00 PM

* vote for next year’s directors
* free childminding
* food provided

Visit their Facebook page.

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URGENT: Do you think Hastings Park is an appropriate venue for annual “420” gathering?

Dear Neighbours, supporters, and community members:

We would like to bring to your attention a proposed motion to be read this Tuesday March 28th at a City of Vancouver Council Meeting.

A motion is being put forth to host the 420
Marijuana Event
at a new site such as the neighbouring PNE Grounds this year.
This event brought in over 130,000 attendees last year in support of cannibis /marijuana. (More info here on City of Vancouver website).

If you would like to express your opinion on hosting this event in our neighbourhood, these are the mechanisms to put forth your thoughts prior to the council meeting this Tuesday:

* Register to speak on this issue and attend as a speaker. Requests to speak must be received prior to 9:30am on the day of the meeting.

* You can communicate your comments to City Council by emailing mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca

* Visit speaker-wait-times or see @VanCityClerk on Twitter for real-time information on the progress of City Council meetings.

* Access live video stream during the meeting as well as archive of the video stream the day following the meeting.

Please feel free to share with your contacts.

Thank you.

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April 2nd: Hastings Park Conservancy Annual General Meeting

Any local residents are encouraged to attend, the Annual General Meeting of the Hastings Park Conservancy:

Sunday, April 2, 2017
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 9 (downstairs)
Hastings Community Centre
3096 E. Hastings St (at Lilloet St)

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Updates will include:

  • A presentation of the results of the 2016 survey​, ​completed in partnership with the Friends of Hastings Park.
  • A brief update on the PNE​/HP Advisory Group and the ongoing development of the Master Plan for Hastings Park​ and Playland.​

Visit the HP Conservancy website for updates and membership details.

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April 8th: Manure Sale in Hastings Sunrise

Manure Sale, Hasting Community Centre Parking Lot (E. Pender & Nootka Streets)
April 8, 2017
9:00am – 1:00 PM

(get PDF poster here)

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April 2nd: Save the Date – Hastings Park Conservancy AGM

Please attend the 2017 AGM of the Hastings Park Conservancy!
Check the Hastings Park Conservancy website and Facebook page for updates.

Sunday, April 2nd
12:00-1:30 PM
Room 9
Hastings Community Centre
3096 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K

For more information, contact the Hastings Park Conservancy info@hastingspark.ca

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March 6th: PNE Public Board Meeting – open to the community

Please think about attending the upcoming PNE Public Board Meeting:

Monday, March 6, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM

(full Agenda here).

There are some very important topics to discuss.
Below are some interesting links to the presentations.

1. Community Partnerships

2. Green Space Management

3. Community Grant Fund

4. Playland Redevelopment Plan

Friends of Hastings Park

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Support Your Local Community Centre! Joint Operating Agreement negotiation 2017

Support your local community centre in negotiating Joint Operating Agreements with Park Board!
Visit www.mycommunitycentre.com for more details.

NOTE: MEETING POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 9th! Due to weather advisory on Feb 8th.
Attend a special meeting at

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue


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Access to Hastings Park for residents, during PNE Fair

If you live in Hastings-Sunrise, and are concerned about gaining access to walk or jog through the park during the PNE Fair in August, visit the Hastings Park Conservancy site, for more information about how to obtain a Hastings Park Access Pass during the Fair.

This program has run annually to allow local residents throughway access to the Park (note: the pass is not intended for admission to the PNE).

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