VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A group of people living in East Vancouver wants to keep Hastings Park in the hands of the Park Board. The city is reviewing how the land should be governed and is in the process of getting feedback on options presented. A meeting was held at the Hastings Community Centre last night to talk about what the best solution is for the community.
The area which includes the horse-track, Playland, Pacific Coliseum and the surrounding greenspace is currently managed by the PNE. But Linda Shuto with the Friends of Hastings Park is pushing for the Park Board to take over. “I know that people in this community have not been happy about the PNE being in charge because we have no access to the PNE and no ability to have any influence over everything that goes on in the park.”
She fears the land will be used just to make money if the PNE continues to manage it. “They’re not governors of park land and so we think their most appropriate role is to be limited to the PNE as one of the many tenants on the land.”
Having it operate under a department of the city, park board or a renewed board of directors including the PNE are possibilities. The group is planning to bring forward its proposal to city staff at a meeting on April 25.