Important Meeting March 11th: Hastings Park Under Attack!

Attention Hastings Park Conservancy Members:

Vancouver City Council has hired the KPMG Business Consultants to develop a Governance plan for Hastings Park. Unfortunately most of the input and influence has been supplied by the business stakeholders. Community representatives have been invited to participate on an advisory only stakeholders committee. The Hastings Community Association has sent a letter to the City outlining the position of several community groups. This issue is time sensitive as the Vancouver City Council has planned for a maximum of 3 meetings and one public open house. This entire process is anticipated to be finalized by Spring 2013.

The ONLY opportunity for community input will be at an upcoming open house:

Saturday, March 11th
from 6:00 to 9:00 pm (drop-in 6:00pm, presentation at 7:00pm)
Hastings Community Centre (E. Hastings & Lilloet).

We NEED YOUR PRESENCE, support and feedback at the open house. Please review our recent memo to members.

There will be an open dialogue with KPMG staff and discussion period from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. KPMG will be presenting their final recommendations for Hastings Park Governance to City Council. We encourage all members to voice your concerns during the discussion period.

THIS WILL BE OUR LAST OPPORTUNITY to impress upon Council the community’s needs, and the importance of protecting Hastings Park as a NATURAL AND PUBLIC ENVIRONMENT in our neighbourhood–A public park with business tenants (PNE/ racetrack) but with a publicly accountable governance board i.e.: a Vancouver Parks Board model.

Our desire is for a ‘Fair within a REAL park’, not flower boxes decorating trailers on asphalt!

We need the community to come to the meeting and participate in the discussion regarding the fate of Hastings Park.

In addition, let your voices and concerns be heard by sending e-mail to Vancouver City Council: mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca

-Hastings Park Conservancy Board

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