The city wants the public’s feedback on projects going on in three prominent parks in Vancouver: Vanier Park, Mount Pleasant Park, and perhaps most substantively, Hastings Park. Check out the following open houses and have your say!
Last September, the Parks Board approved the construction of a BMX/mountain bike facility in Vanier Park. Here’s your chance to view the initial plans and offer your input. More details of the project so far can be found here.
5pm – 7pm
Vancouver Museum’s local history lab
1100 Chestnut St.
Mount Pleasant Park
With the opening of the new Mount Pleasant Community Centre at 1 Kingsway earlier this year, the existing facility and outdoor swimming pool on 16th Ave. and Ontario St. were removed and plans for the park’s redevelopment are now taking shape. A concept design was approved by the Parks Board last year and now they want the public to voice their opinions on the program elements and design features.
Simon Fraser Elementary School
110 W. 15th Ave.
Home to the Pacific National Exhibition, Hastings Park was never really seen as a place to be beyond the final two weeks of August every year. The city wants to change that and “re-think Hastings Park and the PNE as a greener, more active, year-round destination, one that is better connected to the waterfront and surrounding community.”
As it stands, Hastings Park to me feels vacant, uninviting, and fragmented. So many important changes are a part of the Hastings Park Master Plan, including new bike routes, expansion of Playland, better accessibility, traffic calming on Renfrew St., new and refurbished buildings and facilities, more greenspaces, and general upgrades throughout the park. Visit vancouver.ca/hastingspark to view the entire plan and also complete a questionnaire. The plans and questionnaire are also available at the open houses:
Granville Island Public Market Courtyard
Car Free Day on Commercial Drive (@ Parker St.)
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
5288 Joyce Street
Hastings Park is a jewel in east Vancouver but there is clearly a need for park improvements and enhancements to support the site as a greenspace and a cultural node. Even if you only visit the PNE once every other year, a project of this magnitude will benefit greatly from your opinions in shaping the future of Vancouver parks. For a local take on the Hastings Park process, you can also check out the website of the Hastings Park Conservancy – a neighbourhood group that has been advocating for the greening of the park.