P&E COMMITTEE AGENDA
                                           MARCH 27, 1997

                                 POLICY REPORT
                           DEVELOPMENT AND BUILDING

                                           Date: February 27, 1997
                                           Dept. File No. 1063
                                           C.C. File: 8015-1

   TO:       Standing Committee on Planning and Environment

   FROM:     General Manager of Parks and Recreation

   SUBJECT:  Hastings Park - Approval of Restoration Plan


        A.   THAT the Restoration Plan for Hastings Park, as described in
             this report and generally depicted in Appendix A, be approved
             as the basis for more detailed design, phasing and budgeting
             for the restoration of Hastings Park.

        B.   THAT staff report back by October 1, 1997 on amendments to the
             lease with the Pacific Racing Association required for the
             relocation of horse barns.

        C.   THAT staff report back by October 1, 1997 on a building reuse
             strategy and potential management structures for the Agrodome,
             the Garden Auditorium, the Forum and Rollerland.

        D.   THAT staff report back prior to October 1, 1997 with a
             detailed development plan including phasing and budgeting
             recommendations for the whole site, including building reuse
             capital and operating requirements and detailed landscape
             plans and budget requirements for the first phase of park

        E.   THAT the Board and Council express their sincere appreciation
             to the members of Hastings Park Working Committee for their
             diligent work over the last 2 years.


   City Council and Park Board are both committed to the "greening of
   Hastings Park". In February 1996, the Board and Council approved the
   Restoration Program as the basis for the development of a conceptual
   design plan. In January 1990, Council approved a general concept for the
   redevelopment of Hastings Park: "THAT the site be restored to dominant
   park use with abundant green space and trees, instead of asphalt and


   The General Manager of Parks and Recreation recommends approval of the
   Restoration Plan for the "greening of Hastings Park". The plan is based
   on the Restoration Program approved in 1996, and is supported by 11 of
   the 12 members of the Hastings Park Working Committee. An in-depth
   public consultation process was undertaken between November 1996 and
   February 1997, reaching out to over 2,000 people (see Appendix D). The
   public input assisted City staff, consultants and the Working Committee
   in recommending the plan contained in this report.


   Since the late-1970s, residents near Hastings Park have been advocating
   for the "greening of Hastings Park". City Council has been supportive of
   this vision, as expressed in the 1990 report entitled "The Future of
   Hastings Park". In May 1994, the City and the Province agreed that the
   City owned the site in "fee simple" and could proceed with the
   restoration of the site. 

   In March 1995, Council requested that the Park Board prepare plans for
   the "greening of Hastings Park", with the assistance of the newly-formed
   Hastings Park Working Committee (see Appendix C). The first step was to
   agree on a program of activities, which was completed in February 1996,
   when the Board and Council unanimously approved the Hastings Park
   Restoration Program.

   The second step has been the creation of a Restoration Plan for the
   park. In April 1996, the Park Board hired a landscape consultant,
   Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Inc., to assist with the general design of
   open spaces and buildings on the site. Three basic options were
   generated and presented to the public in the fall of 1996 (see Appendix
   E). The Working Committee subsequently narrowed down the choice to one
   of two options (see Appendix F).

   The recommended Restoration Plan (see Appendix A) combines elements of
   the various options, and meets a number of basic criteria, as set out in
   the Restoration Program (see Appendix B):

   - restoring the stream that used to go through the site;
   - creating a large tranquil green zone in the park (the sanctuary);
   - providing indoor and outdoor spaces for sports and arts;
   - linking Hastings Park with surrounding parks and neighbourhoods;
   - integrating the horse racetrack into the park;
   - keeping the Coliseum, Agrodome and Garden Auditorium;
   - providing adequate parking.

   THE RESTORATION PLAN (see Appendix A)

   The recommended Restoration Plan will lead to the creation of about 92
   acres of green park space on the 162 acre site. The remaining 70 acres
   are composed of the horse racetrack (51 acres), parking (12 acres) and
   buildings (7 acres). When completed, Hastings Park will become the
   City's second largest park.

   Hastings Park will present many faces to its diverse users, from
   tranquil spots in the sanctuary, to community gathering places near
   Hastings & Renfrew, to the hub of daily activities that occur at the
   racetrack and the horse barns. The Restoration Plan carefully integrates
   these various uses together, yet provides each activity with enough
   space to strongly define itself in the landscape.

   A large sanctuary is planned for the southern half of the park, a
   natural serene setting with water, trees and walking trails as its key
   features. The restored Hastings Creek will carry rain water from the
   neighbourhood into Burrard Inlet, and hopefully draw salmon from the
   ocean into the park.

   A central green connection to the waterfront is created in the northern
   half of the park, located between the racetrack and the relocated horse
   barns. This measure will ensure a proper integration of the racetrack in
   Hastings Park, as well as provide a vital link into New Brighton Park.
   The plan also includes several viewing areas in order to take advantage
   of the spectacular views of the North Shore mountains, Burrard Inlet and
   into the racetrack.

   Active areas such as sports fields, hard surface play courts, buildings,
   horse barns and parking are kept on the edges of the park. Three tennis
   courts, two basketball courts, two soccer fields and two ball diamonds
   are to be provided. Four buildings will be retained for community use:
   the Agrodome, the Garden Auditorium, the Forum and Rollerland. A total
   of 2,300 parking spaces is provided on and around the site.

   The Sanctuary
   All three preliminary options included a sanctuary, which is composed of
   the stream, several ponds, wetlands, forests, woodlands, and open
   meadows. The sanctuary is seen by almost all as the heart and soul of
   the new park. There is a strong desire by the public to ensure that the
   stream be capable of bearing salmon, that the forested areas become
   nesting grounds for many birds, that wildlife make Hastings Park their
   home, that the sanctuary become a thriving ecosystem in this urban
   community. The sanctuary was overwhelmingly supported in the public

   "Restoration of Hastings Creek is central to the restoration of the park
   - the stream will become the heart of the new sanctuary", reads the
   Restoration Program. The stream is about 1 km in length. It will be
   designed as a beautiful feature in the sanctuary, and yet, play a key
   role in storm water management in the Hastings neighbourhood. The Park
   Board and Engineering Services are working cooperatively on the creation
   of a biofiltration marsh in Hastings Park, which would filter the rain
   water collected in the park and from adjacent residential properties and
   streets, before feeding the water into the stream and eventually into
   Burrard Inlet. An integral component of this project is the separation
   of sewers in the area to the south of the park.

   In order to maximize the size of the sanctuary, the Restoration Plan
   foresees the removal of the B.C. Pavilion, the Livestock Building, the
   Poultry Building and the Display Barn. The Challenger Relief Map of B.C.
   will be saved and moved to a new location, and portions of the facade of
   the Livestock Building are proposed to be kept and restored as a feature
   in the new park.

   "Windermere Hill": The Viewing Area
   Another key element in the heart of the new park will be the viewing
   area. "Windermere Hill" will be located where Playland now stands, on
   the high-point of the site. It affords fabulous views of North Shore
   mountains, Burrard Inlet, and into the horse racetrack. All three
   options shown to the public included this feature, which was widely
   supported throughout the public process.

   The viewing area can be formal in character, such as the ones in Queen
   Elizabeth Park and Charleson Park, or be more informal, such as the ones
   in the parks along Wall Street and Point Grey Road. One of the ideas
   generated during this phase was a proposal to retain one of the hills of
   the wooden rollercoaster, and convert it into a spectacular viewing
   platform by replacing the rails with a set of stairs.

   Connection to New Brighton Park
   One of the three options presented to the public included a central
   green connection to New Brighton Park. This central park corridor would
   be located between the racetrack oval and the horse barns, with a
   pedestrian landbridge connecting Hastings Park to New Brighton Park. The
   central connection is achieved by rebuilding the horse stables adjacent
   to the Cassiar Connector, on the parking lot currently known as "Lot 9",
   so that the area between the racetrack and the barns becomes park space.
   The central park connection was well supported throughout the public
   process, when compared to easterly connections. The benefits of the
   central connection are:
   a)   to create a direct link with the waterfront in New Brighton Park
        without forcing pedestrians and cyclists to use tunnels; 

   b)   to take advantage of the open space in the racetrack oval, so that
        park users can see inside the racetrack (a green area of about 15
        acres) as well as get better views of Burrard Inlet and the North
        Shore mountains; and 

   c)   to allow the stream to follow as closely as possible the route of
        the original stream bed. 

   This central connection is nevertheless a major undertaking for the
   Pacific Racing Association (P.R.A.). The barns must be gradually rebuilt
   in order to create the central public corridor. The construction will
   take significant time, and involves the amendment of the P.R.A. lease. 
   Staff will report back by October 1, 1997 on the status of negotiations
   with the P.R.A. related to amendments to the lease, and prepare a
   detailed development and phasing plan for the barn relocation and the
   creation of this central corridor.

   For its part, the City must commit to building a  well-designed
   pedestrian landbridge connecting Hastings Park with New Brighton Park.
   It will have to cross the 6 lanes along McGill Street, the 4 rail lines
   of the C.P.R., and the soon-to-be-built access road to the Alberta Wheat
   Pool. This proposed landbridge will be park-like in character, not
   unlike the one built at the foot of Laurel Street that connects Fairview
   Slopes to Charleson Park on the waterfront.

   The exact location, design and construction of the landbridge will be
   determined when that area of the park is designed in greater detail and
   the design for New Brighton Park gets underway, with the latter to begin
   shortly. Landbridge alternatives to be explored include the two options
   shown in Appendix G.

   The Horse Racetrack
   The Restoration Program states: "the racetrack will fully integrate
   within Hastings Park, ensuring that facilities blend in well with the
   program to green the park". Views into the racetrack are significantly
   improved, thus removing the racetrack from its isolated position in the
   park. In fact, by moving the barns next to the Cassiar Connector and
   creating the central park connection, the racetrack becomes intimately
   woven into the fabric of the park.

   The P.R.A. is very supportive of the Restoration Plan, which will
   provide them with a very attractive setting. The relocation of their
   barns allows the P.R.A. to provide modern stabling facilities for the
   duration of their 25-year lease.

   Buildings along Renfrew Street
   The Restoration Plan builds on the "pedestrian street" that has been
   created with the row of Art Deco buildings along Renfrew Street. This
   area, called the "AllÇe of the Rain Gardens", will become an active hub
   in the park, with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Sports,
   leisure and arts will all be part of the family of daily events that
   will occur along the "AllÇe".

   The Restoration Plan foresees the retention of four PNE buildings for
   community use: the Garden Auditorium, the Forum, Rollerland and the
   Agrodome. In order to create outdoor areas for basketball courts, tennis
   courts, flower gardens, and children's play areas, three buildings are
   removed from this area: the Administration Building, the Food Building
   and Showmart. The existing Momiji Garden will be better integrated into
   this area.

   The Restoration Program states that the Agrodome and the Garden
   Auditorium will be preserved, but that the Forum and Rollerland may be
   retained or demolished. A consultant, Proscenium Architecture &
   Interiors Inc., was hired in July 1996 to prepare potential reuse
   options for the Garden Auditorium, the Forum and Rollerland. (The
   Agrodome was not included in the study because Park Board will continue
   to use the building as an ice rink.) 

   The consultant concluded that the three buildings are structurally
   sound, and there are enough potential uses to justify the retention of
   the three buildings, including the Forum and Rollerland. This finding
   matched the public's preference of having adequate indoor space for
   community arts and sports, and therefore the retention of the Forum and
   Rollerland. The Heritage Commission also favoured the retention of these
   two Art Deco buildings. The consultant has prepared two building reuse
   scenarios (see table):

    BUILDING REUSE:      OPTION A              OPTION B

    Garden Auditorium:   Community Hall: arts  Community Hall: gym

    Rollerland:          Youth Pavilion        Community Arts Place
    Forum (north end):   Indoor Lawn Bowling   Youth Pavilion

    Forum (south end):   Gymnasium/Athletics   Gymnasium/Athletics

    Capital Cost:        $3.5 million (est.)   $4.3 million (est.)

    Operating Cost:      $500,000/year (est.)  $500,000/year (est.)

   The Hastings Park Working Committee expressed its support for Option B,
   and is strongly opposed to Option A. Park Board staff believe more
   research and discussion are needed, and will report back by October 1,
   1997 with a building reuse strategy. The report will recommend long-term
   and interim uses for each building, capital costs for renovations,
   operating costs for each use, building management options, and an
   implementation strategy.

   Empire Sports Fields
   The Restoration Plan identifies the site of the old Empire Stadium as
   the location for two soccer fields, two ball diamonds and a fieldhouse
   for amateur sports. Informal spectator seating will be on the sloped
   land around the grass fields. Trees and bushes will be used to enclose
   the sports fields area and soften its edges.

   The Empire fields' location has the following benefits: a) it allows the
   building of regulation sized sports fields; b) it will be far enough
   away from residential uses so that noise complaints will be minimized,
   and c) it puts sports fields back into the Empire Stadium "bowl", a
   location that has a long sports history. The Bannister-Landy statue
   could be relocated in Empire fields.

   The park plan links up with the two Council-approved greenways:

   a)   the north-south greenway (called the "Eastside Crosscut")
        connecting Hastings Park to Renfrew Ravine Park. Preliminary plans
        suggest that the greenway would be located along Windermere Street
        south of Hastings Park; and

   b)   the east-west greenway along Burrard Inlet (called the "Harbour
        Route") connecting to Portside Park. Preliminary plans suggest that        the greenway would be located on Wall Street west of Hastings Park
        and New Brighton Park. The route is also proposed to head further
        east into Burnaby.

   Park Board will continue to work with Engineering and Planning
   Department greenways staff.

   Connections to Adjacent Parks
   The Hastings Park Restoration Plan (in particular, the central park
   connection) and the construction of the new Port Overpass in 1997 both
   have important implications for New Brighton Park. These changes will
   lead to the replanning of New Brighton Park and its park expansion area
   (to the west of the park). A landscape architect consultant has been
   retained to assist with the preparation of new plans for the waterfront

   The Hastings Community Centre is in the process of replanning Hastings
   Community Park (south of Hastings St.). Its plan will tie into the
   Restoration Plan. One option being explored is extending the stream
   under Hastings Street and into Hastings Community Park. Engineering
   Services have confirmed that this option is feasible.

   Pacific Coliseum
   Council identified the Coliseum as one of the buildings to remain on
   site. At this time, there is no specified program of use for the
   Coliseum. Considerable interest in retaining the building has been
   expressed by live entertainment interests and trade and consumer show
   organizers. The extension of the PNE lease through 1997 has, however,
   halted discussions about a new operating model for the building. These
   discussions are underway again and are being conducted with the General
   Manager of Community Services and the Director of Civic Theatres. 

   Future viability of the Coliseum will depend to a large extent on some
   capital refurbishing (notably the roof) and outfitting with the
   necessary furnishings and equipment (the PNE owns the existing
   furnishings and equipment and have indicated their intention to move
   these into storage, until they have secured a new site). Carrying out
   the renovations and replacing the furnishings and equipment could cost
   approximately $2-3 million.

   The Restoration Plan assumes that the Coliseum will remain and that its
   most likely future uses will be a combination of live entertainment and
   trade and consumer shows.

   The largest users of parking will be racetrack patrons (the issue of
   Coliseum parking is discussed below). The lease with the racetrack
   states that 2,500 spaces need to be provided until January 1, 2004.
   After this date, the Restoration Program approved in 1996 suggested that
   2,200 spaces be provided. The Restoration Plan recommends providing
   2,300 spaces, distributed as follows:

   -    1,150 spaces on-site in Hastings Park;
   -    850 spaces in off-site lots, mostly south of Hastings Street on
        Hastings Park Trust Lands;
   -    300 spaces on-street, created on Renfrew, Hastings, Pender, and
        Bridgeway Streets immediately adjacent to Hastings Park.

   The Park Board retained Ward Consulting Group Inc. to conduct a traffic
   and parking study. Following a survey of racetrack patrons and based on
   supplying the 85th percentile of demand, the following estimated design
   parking demand was determined:

        Racetrack Parking:                 2,600 spaces
        Park Uses:                           250 spaces
   Engineering Services has reviewed this figure, and generally concurs
   with this design parking demand number. The provision of 2,300 parking
   spaces in the Restoration Plan leaves a shortfall of 550 spaces. As the
   Park Board wishes to proceed with the provision of 2,300 parking spaces,
   Engineering Services notes the following:

   -    If the parking supply is kept at 2,300 spaces, the parking
        shortfall will result in a direct impact on the adjacent
        neighbourhood, mostly to the west and south of the racetrack. 
        There will be 54 event days at the racetrack out of the total 121
        event days (45% of events) where there will be overspill parking in
        the neighbourhood.

   -    The majority of the parking for the racetrack has been relocated
        away from sites adjacent to the grandstand and to the perimeter of
        the Hastings Park site. This may reduce patronage to these lots,
        and may increase neighbourhood impacts.

   -    The area has a history of neighbourhood and backyard parking and
        traffic problems. Although some residents embrace backyard parking,
        many residents have complained about this issue to Council on
        several occasions. There is considerable expectation in the
        neighbourhood that the departure of the P.N.E. and the provision of
        the new park will reduce the amount of overspill parking on their
        residential streets. Although the departure of the P.N.E. and the
        reduction of events at the Coliseum will reduce the amount of
        overspill parking, the provision of 2,300 parking spaces will
        continue to generate some overspill parking in the future.

   -    If an additional 550 spaces were provided in Hastings Park in
        surface parking lots, this would result in a loss of an additional
        5.5 acres of green park space, which represents 6% of the area that
        is proposed to be "greened".

   -    The Restoration Program approved in 1996 states that the
        residential quadrant bordered by Renfrew, Hastings, Nanaimo, and
        Wall Street should undergo a community consultation process to
        protect the area from overflow traffic and parking related to
        events in the park. To date, this consultation has not yet occurred
        and should occur prior to a decision being made on the future of
        the Coliseum, or prior to January 1, 2004 (the date until which the
        City is required to provide 2,500 parking spaces on site),
        whichever comes first.

   Coliseum Parking
   The parking provisions discussed above do not include parking for the
   Coliseum. The Coliseum requires about 2,500 spaces, which could
   generally be accommodated within the parking provisions above, if
   Coliseum events do not run concurrently with Racetrack events. If the
   Coliseum has many overlapping dates with racetrack events, one solution
   would be to provide a multi-level parking structure for the additional
   2,500 parking spaces. A parking structure, most likely near McGill and
   Renfrew Streets, would be required to retain the current amount of green
   space in the Restoration Plan, and provide parking for both the
   racetrack and Coliseum events.

   Service Yard
   A small Park Board service yard will be included in the plan, but
   because it can be located in several places, it is not illustrated on
   the plan. It is quite likely that all or most of the service yard may be
   located in and around the lower level of the Agrodome or the Coliseum.
   This issue will be finalised at a later date.

   Crime Prevention
   Safety in the park is an issue that has been raised many times in the
   public discussion. The plan is generally consistent with crime
   prevention guidelines, such as having a mix of activities in the park to
   ensure that there are enough people using the park at different times of
   the day. The racetrack contributes greatly to this by the fact that the
   stables are active from the early hours in the morning and that racing
   occurs in the afternoon and in the evening. Other small scale activities
   will also provide a presence in the park throughout the day.

   The Restoration Plan has been reviewed by two crime prevention officers
   in the Police Department. Additional work is required when designing
   each phase of park development. The Police Department recommends that
   patrolling occur as soon as the park is opened.

   The capital cost for the park restoration and connection to the
   waterfront is about $45 million (in 1997 dollars). Funding will come
   from two main sources: 

   a)   $4.5 million allocated in the City's 1994-1996 capital plan; and 

   b)   the rent collected from the racetrack, estimated at about $1.5
        million per year, but which fluctuates from year to year, depending
        on the total wager. Over the remaining 22 years until the end of
        the lease, this amounts to about $33 million (in 1997 dollars).

   Additional funding sources will be explored, such as the
   Federal/Provincial Infrastructure Program, the Urban Salmon Habitat
   Fund, private foundations and corporations.

   The park will be built in 4 or 5 phases. Development of the first phase
   can proceed in early 1998, once structures that need to be removed are
   taken down. About $8 million are available to be spent in the first
   phase, which could be completed by the year 2000. The sanctuary,
   "Windermere Hill" and the "AllÇe" along Renfrew Street are seen as the
   priorities to be considered for the first phase in the Restoration Plan.
   A complete park development plan, including costing, will be prepared in
   the next six months.

   Additional capital cost items could include continuing the stream south
   into Hastings Community Park, providing significantly better pedestrian
   connections to Vancouver Heights and the neighbourhood west of Renfrew
   Street, and the planting of significant trees along Hastings and Renfrew
   Streets. Selective items can be chosen amongst this range of projects.
   If all were to be chosen, the capital cost would be in the order of
   $10-12 million.

   The operating cost for the restored Hastings Park is difficult to
   calculate at this stage. Queen Elizabeth Park, which has about 20% more
   green space than Hastings Park, may offer a benchmark. The cost of
   maintaining the green space (excluding the Bloedel Conservatory and
   Seasons Restaurant) is about $900,000. This would suggest an operating
   budget of about $700,000 for green space at Hastings Park. In addition,
   there would be the operating cost associated with the buildings, which
   is estimated to be $500,000 for the three renovated buildings and
   $250,000 for the Agrodome.


   Once the Hastings Park Restoration Plan is approved, Park Board and the
   Hastings Park Working Committee will begin the following work:

   -    in cooperation with Engineering Services, apply for a federal
        infrastructure grant for the storm sewer separation in the
        neighbourhood south of Hastings Park and the creation of a
        biofiltration area in Hastings Park;

   -    prepare a building reuse strategy for the Agrodome, the Garden
        Auditorium, the Forum and Rollerland by October 1, 1997;

   -    negotiate with the Pacific Racing Association on the phasing of
        barn relocation and associated amendments to their lease, with a
        report to be prepared by October 1, 1997;
   -    prepare a detailed development plan by October 1, 1997, including
        phasing and budgeting recommendations for the whole site, and 
        prepare detailed landscape plans and budget requirements for the
        first phase of park restoration; 

   -    coordinate the Hastings Park planning with planning underway in
        Hastings Community Park and New Brighton Park, including analysis
        of road and railway crossings.


   This is a landmark year for Hastings Park. The Restoration Plan embodies
   the many dreams and aspirations of neighbourhood residents, racetrack
   officials, sports groups, arts organizations, and environment advocates.
   It is a blueprint for the largest park in the northeast area of the City
   - a park that is rewarding for those seeking a quiet nature walk as well
   as those seeking active recreation, a park that opens up and integrates
   the horse racetrack instead of turning its back to it, a park that
   reaches out to link with its neighbouring parks and communities. This
   dream becomes reality starting this year.

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                                                                     APPENDIX B

                                          (approved by Council and Board in February 1996)

     - Restore the park's stream:
     Water will play a major role in Hastings Park. The stream, which existed until 1935, will be "daylighted" and restored as
     the central feature in the park.

     - Restore the park's natural features:
     Native West Coast species of trees, shrubs, grasses and herbs will recreate the feeling of forests and meadows that
     dominated the site a century ago.

     - Restore a green sanctuary:
     Hastings Park will provide a natural and serene setting as one moves toward the centre of the park, with more active uses
     on the perimeter of the park.

     - Focus community pride:
     Hastings Park will become the focus for a strong sense of community pride.

     - Connect the park to the neighbourhood:
     Hastings Park will be well connected to surrounding residential areas by reducing the barrier effects created by
     surrounding streets and highways.

     - Connect with adjacent parks:
     Significant green links will be created between Hastings Park and New Brighton Park, Hastings Community Park and
     Callister Park.

     - Integrate active and passive park uses:
     The park will incorporate a variety of active uses (sports, arts activities, playgrounds) with passive uses (streams,
     forests, gardens, view areas).

     - Integrate the old with the new:
     Hastings Park will capture the site's rich history, yet distance itself from the past to create something new and

     - Integrate Racetrack within the park:
     The Racetrack will be carefully integrated into the park, with better visual access into and softer edges around the

     - Experiment with new ideas:
     Ecological experimentation will be encouraged in Hastings Park. The park's waterbodies will be fed with storm water
     collected from the residential area to the south. Storm water cleaning will be achieved through biofiltration.

     - Create a safe park:
     Hastings Park will be carefully designed to create a strong sense of security for its diverse users.


                                             HASTINGS PARK WORKING COMMITTEE                                                                                        

     Council created the Hastings Park Working Committee on March 16, 1995 to assist the Park Board with the development of a
     Restoration Plan for Hastings Park. There are 12 active members of the Committee:

              Ms. Ardell Brophy, Racetrack
              Ms. Patricia Coutts, Hastings Resident
              Mr. Peter Ellickson, Racetrack
              Mr. Bryant McAfee, Racetrack
              Ms. Marion Olivieri, Hastings Resident
              Mr. Douglas Paterson, Vancouver Resident
              Mr. Earle Peach, Environment
              Mr. Alan Scales, Arts & Culture
              Mr. Rolf Tevely, Sports
              Mr. Gerry Underhill, Hastings Resident
              Ms. Mariken Van Nimwegen, Hastings Resident
              Mr. Timothy Welsh, Hastings Resident

     Two additional members, Mr. Greg Antonson and Mr. Steve Varty, represented the PNE employees, but chose not to attend
     meetings. One alternate member, Mr. Bruce Wright (Environment), also contributed.

                                                                                       APPENDIX D (page 1 of 4)

                           SUMMARY OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION                                                                                       

     Working Committee
     Since the adoption of the Hastings Park Restoration Program in February 1996, the Hastings Park Working Committee has met
     a total of 24 times:

     March 11/96             May 13/96               July 30/96             Oct. 29/96              Jan. 21/97
     March 18/96             May 15/96               Sept. 4/96             Nov. 13/96              Jan. 29/97
     April 9/96              May 29/96               Sept. 10/96            Dec. 2/96               Feb. 6/97
     April 22/96             June 11/96              Sept. 24/96            Dec. 9/96               Feb. 19/97
     May 6/96                July 15/96              Oct. 15/96             Jan. 7/97

     Design Workshop
     On June 22/96, a design workshop was organized for participants in the 5 sub-groups (Residents Forum, Racetrack Forum,
     Environment Forum, Arts Forum, Sports Forum) involved in the Hastings Park planning to give preliminary feedback on key
     design issues raised by the landscape architect. A total of 140  forum  members were invited, and 45 attended the

     Display at PNE
     An information display was set up at the 1996 annual fair in the B.C. Pavilion, explaining the objectives of the
     restoration of Hastings Park and activities/features to be found in the future park.

     Mailout/Distribution of Newsletters
     Over 7,500 newsletters were mailed out in November 1996 to all those on the Hastings Park mailing list and to all     residents and owners in the  V5K  district (bounded by Nanaimo, East 1st Avenue, Boundary Road & the waterfront). The
     newsletter described the 3 park options being considered and advertised the upcoming Community Conference and Open

     Newsletters were also distributed to the following locations: Vancouver City Hall, Park Board Offices, Hastings Community
     Centre, Hastings Library, Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, Thunderbird Community Centre,
     Renfrew Community Centre, Trout Lake Community Centre, Britannia Library, Templeton Pool, Franklin Community School,
     Eileen Dailly Pool (Burnaby).

     Newspaper/Internet Advertising
     The Park Board advertised the upcoming Community Conference and the Open Houses in the following newspapers: Vancouver
     Courrier, Vancouver Echo, Sing Tao, Ming Pao. The date and location of the events were also advertised on the City s
     internet site. A feature story in the Vancouver Sun was written on Hastings Park on page B1 of the November 23/96
     edition, including the dates of the events.

     APPENDIX D (page 2 of 4)

   Community Conference
   About 150 attended an all-day conference on November 23/96 in the B.C.
   Pavilion at Hastings Park. There was a slide presentation by the
   landscape architect in order to explain the common features and the
   differences between the 3 options. A questionnaire was handed out to all
   participants, and 120 questionnaires were returned.

   Meeting in Cantonese
   A meeting was held on December 5/96 at Hastings Community Centre in
   Cantonese. The newsletter and questionnaire were translated. Over 50
   people attended, and 41 questionnaires were filled in.

   Open Houses
   A number of Open Houses were organized in a variety of locations. A Park
   Board staff member is present during these events. Presentation boards,
   newsletters and questionnaires were handed out. It is estimated that 700
   people attended the Open Houses, with 149 questionnaires being filled

   Four one-day Open Houses were held in the Hastings-Sunrise

   Franklin School (Nov. 27)
   Kiwassa Neighbourhood House (Nov. 28)
   Hastings Community Centre (Nov. 29)
   Hastings Library (Nov. 30)

   A two-day Open House was held at the Main Branch of the Public Library
   on December 13 and 14.

   Public Displays
   A number of public diplays were organized so that members of the public
   who could not attend one of the designated events could still view the 3
   options. Presentation boards and newsletters were available. A Park
   Board staff member was not present. Displays were set up at:

   Hastings Community Centre, from Dec. 2 to Dec. 9
   Vancouver City Hall, from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12
   Renfrew Community Centre, from Dec. 16 to Jan. 6
   Templeton High School, from Jan. 6 to Jan. 9
   Britannia Library, from Jan. 9 to Jan. 16
   Templeton High School, from Jan. 16 to Jan. 28
   Vancouver City Hall, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5
   Templeton High School, from Feb. 6 to Feb 12
   Hastings Community Centre, from Feb. 13 to Feb. 27

   Templeton High School
   Park Board staff presented the 3 park options to about 1,000 students,
   from Feb. 6 to Feb. 12. Questionnaires were handed out to all, and 40
   were returned by Feb. 25.

                                                       APPENDIX D (page 3 of 4)

                          RESULTS FROM QUESTIONNAIRES

   It is estimated that at these events, close to 1,200 questionnaires were
   handed out at the following events:
                   Community Conference (November 23, 1996)
                    Meeting in Cantonese (December 5, 1996)
          Open Houses in Neighbourhood (Nov. 27-30 & Dec. 2-9, 1996)
          Open Houses at City Hall & Main Library (Dec. 10-14, 1996)
           Presentations at Templeton High School (Feb. 6-12, 1997)
   A total of 354 questionnaires were returned.

   Which park option do you like?


       OPTION 1      107 (30%)

       OPTION 2       34 (10%)
       OPTION 3      170 (48%)

        OTHER         43 (12%)

        TOTAL           354

   Note:     The Park Board also received 7 letters/e-mails. One favoured
             Option 1, five favoured Option 3, and one favoured combining
             Options 1 and 3.

   Note:      Other  includes all responses that didn t indicate option 1,
             2 or 3, including  combination of options  and  no response . 
   Which  AllÇe  option do you like?

       OPTION 1       114
       No Forum      (32%)
    No Rollerland

    OPTION 2 or 3     183
     With Forum &    (52%)

        OTHER      57 (16%)

        TOTAL         354

   Which playfields option do you like?


       OPTION 1       100
    along Renfrew    (28%)

    OPTION 2 or 3     166
     Empire Bowl     (47%)
        OTHER      88 (25%)

        TOTAL         354

   APPENDIX D (page 4 of 4)

   Which connection do you like
   across Hastings Street?


       IMPROVED    47 (17%)
      CROSSWALKS      154
      & HASTINGS     (56%)

        OTHER      72 (26%)

        TOTAL         273

   Which connection do you like
   across the Cassiar Connector?


       IMPROVED    49 (18%)

      CROSSWALK       134
      & PANDORA      (50%)

        OTHER      90 (33%)

        TOTAL         273

   Which connection do you like
   across McGill Street?


      WESTERLY &   88 (28%)

     USE EXISTING  34 (11%)

       CENTRAL        116
       OVERPASS      (37%)
        OTHER      75 (24%)

        TOTAL         306

   Which parking option do you like?


     ALL SURFACE      108
       PARKING        115
      STRUCTURE      (37%)

        OTHER      91 (29%)

        TOTAL         314