Update from the FOHP Steering Committee, June 2012

Summer is approaching again, and the Friends of Hastings Park Steering Committee continues to be busy!

New Leaflets for Distribution

We have printed a new Friends of Hastings Park Leaflet for distribution to the public. We invite you to download the leaflet (PDF), e-mail it, print it and post widely.

Attendance at Recent Events, and Petition Started

In late May, we set up an FOHP information table at a large, multi-block neighbourhood yard sale, including a petition we have created in support of Park Board Governance of Hastings Park. We had a good start that day, with 70 people signing the petition. We invite you to download our “Your Voice Counts” petition, and assist us in collecting signatures from other Vancouver residents you know, to build citizen support for this movement!

We also set up an FOHP information table at the recent Water is Life symposium Saturday, May 19th at the Roundhouse.

In-person Meetings with City Officials and Community Leaders

We recently met with City Councillor Adriane Carr to provide her with information about Hastings Park, and to ask questions we have about the stalled Governance Review and about Race track negotiations. (She will get back to us with what she learns.)

We have set up a meeting with Park Board Commissioner Melissa De Genova for this coming Monday, June 4th.

We will meet with Hastings Community Association, and Hastings Park Conservancy representatives to exchange information and determine collective support for Hastings Park.

We will make a presentation to the Parent Advisory Committee of A. R. Lord school on June 13th.

We are continuing a decades long fight to restore Hastings Park to a more natural state, having buildings that meet the recreational, social, cultural and arts needs of the community, (an east side Roundhouse) and ensuring year round open free access for all, not just a destination site for the paying public.

WHY WE WANT PARK BOARD GOVERNANCE

Below are quotes from the PNE Board website, and from the Board of Parks and Recreatioin website. THEIR DIFFERENT MANDATES MAKE IT CLEAR WHY HASTINGS PARK NEEDS PARK BOARD GOVERNANCE.

From the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation website:

“The seven elected Park Board commissioners are responsible for the policy direction of the Park Board within the legislative framework called the
Vancouver Charter. They set the vision and policy that guides the organization’s services and programs and help staff deliver on the Park Board mandate to ‘provide, preserve and advocate… to benefit people, communities and the environment’. They listen to residents and act as their voice to ensure Vancouver parks and recreation remains accessible and sustainable. Regular public meetings are held where the Board discusses reports and projects, reviews and sets policies and plans for the future of parks and recreation in our city.

The PNE Board, interim governor of Hastings Park, is responsible for advancing the PNE, meets in private and is appointed by and responsible to City Council. Its mandate is business directed.”

From the PNE Board website:

“The Board of Directors plays a leading role in ensuring the success of the PNE. The Board’s vision, while working in harmony with the local and city-wide community, business, management, and staff, ensures the continued success of the PNE. Board members are part of a team of lead decision makers and act as ambassadors for the PNE organization of over 3,700 staff.”

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