Council has voted: Park Board officially removed from PNE Board and Hastings Park oversight

On Wednesday, June 10th, the City’s Standing Committee on Finance and Services discussed the topic of Hastings Park/PNE Governance Review and Bylaw Update, and the proposal to remove Park Board representation from the PNE Board who oversees the operation of the entire Hastings Park site (excepting Empire Field at the east end of the Park).

A video clip of that portion of the meeting can be viewed here:
http://civic.neulion.com/cityofvancouver/index.php?clipid=3494209,006
And recent press links on this issue have been updated on our site here:
Press Archives

Despite unanimous opposition from elected Park Board Commissioners themselves, and a close vote among Councillors (5 to 4), the decision has now formally been made to restructure the PNE Board so as to remove the Park Board seat, and reduce the size of Board overall.

As several speakers pointed out in last night’s discussion, transparency around the running of Hastings Park will most certainly decrease as a side effect of this change–rather than increase, as had been promised in earlier adoption of the Hastings Park Master Plan in 2010.

Certainly a very disappointing outcome for the Hastings-Sunrise community.

Posted in News, Press

Act Now! Register to speak June 10th at City Council about changes to Hastings Park governance

A recent press release indicates that Park Board representation and oversight over Hastings Park may be eliminated. This loss will mean that Hastings Park is left in the hands of the PNE Board, a closed secret board, that works on behalf of business, not community interests. Citizens will have NO ability to learn about or have a say in anything that happens with this public land. http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20150610/cfsc20150610ag.htm

The issue is on the agenda at the next City Finance meeting on Wednesday, June 10th.

– If you would like to speak at this meeting, please call Bonnie Kennett, Meeting Coordinator, at 604.873.7269 or e-mail speaker.request@vancouver.ca
– You can communicate your comments to City Council by emailing mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca
– Visit http://vancouver.ca/speaker-wait-times or follow @VanCityClerk on Twitter for real-time information on the progress of City Council meetings.
– A live video stream of the meeting will be available at http://civic.neulion.com/cityofvancouver/. An archive of the video stream will be available the day following the meeting.

Posted in Action Plan, News

New PNE governance model could eliminate Park Board oversight of Hastings Park

Park Board Chair John Coupar released a statement today regarding his “deep concerns about the future of Hastings Park under the new PNE governance model” which would remove Park Board representation and oversight over Hastings Park. Community input even further reduced! Read more here:

http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/1359587/2df93df7da/ARCHIVE

Posted in News

Park Board to Vote Monday, May 25th on $450K Public Art Installation in Empire Field

REGISTER TO SPEAK BEFORE NOON ON MONDAY, MAY 25th!

EAST VANCOUVER”S EMPIRE FIELDS “$450,000.00 PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION” GOES TO VOTE at THE PARK BOARD MONDAY MAY 25TH.

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The city of Vancouver is proposing a $450,000 art installation on the Northwest corner of Empire Fields.

Park Board Commissioners will be voting yes or no on Monday, May 25th at 7pm. You may register to speak at this meeting before noon on Monday or just send an e-mail to the Park Board Commissioners. (a few of their e-mails listed below)

We feel this sculpture could be a safety issue as well as a poor representation for an East Vancouver Park Space. There has been no community or public input and this will be our only chance to voice an opinion. Hastings Park, Empire Fields, and the surrounding community deserves something better.

http://vancouver.ca/your-government/park-board-commissioners.aspx

pbcomment@vancouver.ca
stuart.mackinnon@vancouver.ca
catherine.evans@vancouver.ca
john.coupar@vancouver.ca

http://former.vancouver.ca/parks/board/2015/20150525/REPORT_Home-and-Away_Public-Art-EmpireFields_2015-05-25.pdf

“East Vancouver’s Empire Fields could get new public art installation

Staff are recommending approval of the $450,000 installation, entitled Home and Away, designed by Lead Pencil Studio. Artists drew inspiration for the sculpture from three historic structures Hastings Park is known for: the old bleachers and scoreboards at Empire Stadium, a constructed ski run built there in the 1950s and Playland’s signature wooden roller coaster. The bleachers, with the “home” side in blue and the “away” side in yellow, will be about 15 metres high, 30 metres long and hold a maximum of 150 people, according to a park board staff report. It will be located at the northwest corner of Empire Fields and visible from Hastings Street”

Posted in Action Plan, News

April 15th at 7pm: AGM of Hastings Community Association

Hastings Community Association AGM
Wednesday, April 15th at 7:00 PM

at Hastings Community Centre Auditorium

Click the image below to see full details, or visit their Facebook Page:

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Posted in Events

Farmer’s Market returns to Hastings Park, March 8th!

The Farmers’ Market at Hastings Park is coming back this spring!
Every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
from March 8 – April 26, 2015

More info on their website here:
http://eatlocal.org/markets/hastings-park/

Spread the word! It is lovely to have a neighbourhood event with no entry fee in our community. Food trucks are also present so it is a great place for coffee and a snack.

If you are driving, apparently if you tell the parking attendant that you are going to the Farmers’ Market there may be no charge.

Posted in Events, News

Save the Date: January 24th Light Water Drums in Hastings Park

Check out the Light Water Drums Festival page for more information on the event and how you can get involved. The event is hosted by Hastings North Community Partners Group.

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Posted in Events