Does the community really need a Playland expansion and “Theme Park”?

How about a real, community-driven, east side park?

Members of the HPC have always dreamed of Hastings Park being treated as a real park, with year-round community access to community-driven events, a thriving Sanctuary for birds and wildlife, and a balanced annual two-week Fair in the park, as opposed to a focus of commercial profit-based activities driving the Hastings Park site.

However, 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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Give Your Input to PNE Advisory Committee members: Take Our Survey!

We are in the process of trying to collect information from ‎Hastings Sunrise‬ and neighbouring residents to determine their current use of ‎Hastings Park‬ and what future activities, events, programs and green spaces they would like to have available in the park.

We would very much appreciate if you could complete the survey. We would also encourage you to share the survey via any venues you have may have available, with your friends, neighbours, and community contacts in Hastings Sunrise, by email, blogs, social media, etc.

Please complete and share survey promptly, as we want to collate the results and present them to the Hastings Park/PNE Community Advisory Board in June. Thank YOU!!! We appreciate your support!

Complete the survey here!

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April 22nd: Opportunity to speak to PNE Board of Directors

Have concerns you wish to voice to the PNE Board of Directors about Hastings Park? The PNE Board is currently the body in charge of managing the Hastings Park site, including the Sanctuary, Playland and surrounding grounds and buildings (with the exception of Empire Field).

You have an opportunity to present to the Board at their upcoming Public Meeting on Friday, April 22nd. Public meetings of the Board are scheduled twice per year.

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.

More information on Board protocols and meeting schedule is available here on the PNE’s website.

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April 20th: AGM of Hastings Park Community Association

If you live in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood, the Hastings Community Association runs your local Hastings Community Centre.
Their AGM is coming up on April 20th at 7:00 PM.

More details on their Facebook page here.


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February 25th Event: Reconciliation in Action – Hastings-Sunrise

Friends and neighbours, come out to this great community event!

Thursday, February 25th
2:30-6:30 PM
at Hastings Community Centre
3096 East Hastings St.

More information at


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