We had a very successful conference today! (news links will be updated at the bottom of this post)
Great media coverage included: Global TV, CBC TV, French CBC TV, Globe and Mail, The Province and the Courier and CKNW. Listen to CBC radio Early Edition at 6:40 am Thursday, August 1st for another interview.
We accomplished our two goals:
- to explain our compelling legal argument for Park Board governance
- to demonstrate the wide support for Park Board governance
Nine groups were represented and three sent statements of support were read. Hastings Community Association, Hastings Park Conservancy, Nature Vancouver, Confratellanza, MLA Shane Simpson, MP Libby Davies (statement read for them both), The Vancouver Park Board, West Coast Christian School, COPE, TEAM, Vancouver Green Party, and Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Vancouver.
We assured everyone that the PNE is not in jeopardy but would be part of the management, and carry on as usual under Park Board governance.
One of the real treats of the day was hearing from Confratellanza, one of the founding groups of the Italian Gardens. Many of them came and told great stories about how they worked with park board to create the garden. They were shocked to learn the garden is fenced off and rented out privately by the PNE. Their foresight, work and considerable fund raising was intended for a public space, governed by the Park Board.
Thursday, August 1st, city council will decide at 2:00 pm on the governance of Hastings Park. This is an historic moment. We can only hope that common sense will reign. We have given it our best shot!
It is not to late to send letters to Mayor and Council!
Thanks to all of the folks who came out to the media conference! It was so wonderful to have your friendly faces and support!
Check out the following news items from today:
- Hastings Park: a public space in ‘limbo’ (Globe and Mail, July 31, 2013)
- Hastings Park governance rally held ahead of vote (News 1130, July 31, 2013)
- Hastings Park’s future should be with parks board, say community groups (Province, July 31, 2013)
- Community activities want board, not PNE, to run Hastings Park (Vancouver Sun, July 31, 2013)