Speak Up for Hastings Park at the PNE Board meeting: Weds, Jul 6th

Community members and friends around Hastings Park:

The next public meeting of the HP/PNE Board is this coming:

Wednesday, July 6th
from 6:00-9:00 PM
in the Hastings Room at Hastings Park
.

This is a chance to give feedback on the recent announcement of the PNE Board’s plans to expand Playland, which will ultimately reduce unpaid/public access to our park year-round. Hastings Park is our neighborhood’s green space, that is important to the health of individuals here. Make sure to speak up, and let the Board know your thoughts.

As representatives for The PNE Community Advisory Committee, we urgently need lots of you to attend, and would highly encourage you to register to speak to an agenda item, see link below. We and many others are working to protect and ensure continued community access and enjoyment of all of Hastings Park, year round, and to ensure protection of the nature and wildlife within the park.

As noted in the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan:

“Anyone who has walked through a park on the first sunny day of spring has experienced the importance of green spaces to the health of individuals and communities. Whether they take the form of a community garden, a city park, a greenway along your block, or the seawall, green spaces have been shown to benefit our physical and emotional health by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, and stress. These spaces also contribute to our sense of community by creating places for recreational activities, for children to play, and for neighbours to meet and socialize.”

We need community to speak to the agenda items, to keep in mind your responses to our recent survey, and your excellent and relevant comments to the issue of what future activities, events, programs and green spaces you would like to have available in Hastings Park. The PNE Board needs to appreciate and act on what the community wants.

See below, on how to register to speak.

http://www.pne.ca/aboutus/public-meeting-agenda-july-6-2016.html

Individuals or delegations may request to speak to an agenda item once the agenda is posted and up to 24 hours prior to the start of the meeting. Requests are made by email, phone or in person, and must be received by the PNE 24 hours before the start of the meeting. Requests must include first and last name, organization or interest group (if applicable) and agenda item to be addressed.

In order to ensure that there is enough time to address all agenda items; up to five minutes has been allocated for each speaker; the number of speakers to an agenda item is limited to four; and the number of public items on the agenda is limited to four. Any agenda items that are not addressed will be deferred to a future Board meeting.

Individuals or delegations wishing to present audio-visual or hard copy materials must submit the materials to the designated PNE staff member at least 24 hours prior to the start of the meeting. PNE retains copies of all material presented to the Board. Handouts not submitted within the timeline will not be distributed.

Individuals and delegations at Board meetings will abide by the following code of conduct:

Speak or present any materials in a manner that is respectful of all persons
Use courteous or parliamentary language
Speak only on the matter under consideration by the Board
Respect the authority of the Chair.

To submit an item for consideration at the open portion of a HP/PNE Board meeting or to make a request to appear at the open portion of a HP/PNE Board please contact the PNE at:

Phone: 604-253-2311
Email: info@pne.ca

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