Hastings Park was never intended to become a bastion of commercial activity. In fact, much of the development that has taken place in the park over the last 100 years actually contravenes the Hastings Park Trust, which created the park in the first place:
PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, VICTORIA. By the grace of God […]
in the session of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia held in the 52nd year of Her Majesty’s reign, known as the Municipal Act, 1889, it is declared that:
“It shall be lawful for the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council from time to time to grant and convey any public park or pleasure ground set apart or reserved out of any Crown lands of the province for the recreation and enjoyment of the public to the municipal council or corporation of any city or town within the province upon trust to maintain and preserve the same for the use, recreation and enjoyment of the public, and any such corporation to whom such grant or conveyance shall be made shall have power to hold the lands thereby conveyed upon the trusts and for the purposes aforesaid.
Whereas the hereditaments and promises, hereinafter more particularly described as being the public park or pleasure ground known as Hasting Park, have been set apart and reserved out of the Crown lands of the province for the recreation and enjoyment of the public, and whereas we have agreed to give and grant the said hereditaments and promises unto the corporation of the city of Vancouver upon and for the trusts, intents and purposes herein mentioned:
Now know ye that we do by these presents for us, our heirs and successors, in consideration of the premises and for effectuating the intent and purpose herein mentioned, give and grant unto the said corporation of the city of Vancouver, their successors and assigns all that piece or parcel of land known as Hastings Park, situated in the district of New Westminster, the said piece or parcel of land being delineated and coloured red on the map or plan thereof hereunto annexed, to have and to hold the said piece or parcel of land in all and singular the premises hereby granted with their appurtenances unto the said corporation and their successors to and for the several uses, intents and purposes and upon the several trusts and with, under and subject to the several powers, provisos, agreements and declarations expressed and declared of and concerning the same.
That is to say, upon trust to the express use, intent and purpose that the said hereditaments and premises hereby granted shall be maintained and preserved by the said corporation and their successors for the use, recreation and enjoyment of the public, provided always that nothing herein contained shall be construed as purporting to derogate from the powers of the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council given under the Public Parks Act.
In testimony whereof we have caused these our letters to be made patent and the great seal of our province of British Columbia to be hereunto affixed.”