City Council approves Playland expansion and “Theme Park” for Hastings Park

With the PNE Board now completely in charge of Hastings Park, we’ve heard in the news this week that the PNE Board has received approval from City Council to move forward with a significant Playland expansion, creating an enhanced “theme-based” amusement park, with increased admission costs to the public over a greater portion of the site.

Is this what is best for the park, for East Van, for all citizens of Vancouver? We continue to welcome thoughts, comments and suggestions here: Survey & Comments re Hastings Park

We have already heard from concerned community members, who have written to City Council opposing this plan. We share one letter here:

Dear Mayor and Council Members,

A $120,000,000 ‘World Class’ Theme Park on the PNE site? Really? Is this something we actually need? Quite apart from the year-round parking chaos it will create (two weeks is quite enough) the misguided notion of placing an attraction like this in an area that is primarily residential is ludicrous and contradictory to the City’s stated goal of liveability.

If I hear the empty phrase ‘World Class’ one more time in connection with Vancouver I think I’ll throw up. This city will only become world class when it sorts out its affordable housing and transportation issues and finally does something about the tragedy that is the Downtown Eastside. The city is a mess and is impossible to get around – whether to do business or simply to live.

As someone who lives and runs a business in Vancouver I pay a fortune in city and property taxes. So, justifiably, I feel there are so many things that $120M could be spent on which would improve the city and our basic necessities of living before contemplating an amusement park. God knows we’re already amusing ourselves to death – to quote Neil Postman.

Give us something we need not something you think we want.


Alan Brain

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