More green space in East Van
With the city's push to densify East Van, plans should also be made to add green space like parks. The Kensington are is already under serviced as far as recreation facilites and parks. Before you shove more people in, put more green space in!
The City is missing a wonderful opportunity to create more natural habitat on the eastside with the Hastings Park Master Plan. Trees in an almost doubled in size Playland do not count as park greening since the area is secured and there is an entrance fee. The current "vision" was originally based upon the concept of "A Fair within a Park". This part of the vision was dropped by those creating the questionnaire for the 2009 public consultations.
The site is there and available. More real green parkland is needed, not more commerce! We have been promised much over the years and gained very little. We need free, year-round access to a real park.
Reduce the corporatization of Hastings Park. Parks should be for the public, not for business interests.
Hastings park would be a great place to have more green space. It could help purify the air which at present contains some funky odors from the port and the nearby factories.
The green space at Hastings Park has been cut considerably (and given instead to commercial enterprises) from what East Van was promised by a previous council. If the new Master Plan for Hastings Park goes through, then how can the mayor and council make us believe they really want 'the greenest city'? Or do they mean -except for East Van?
John Donlan commented
We must expand the natural areas in Hastings Park. This natural area park, dedicated to the people of East Vancouver, has been steadily eroded for the use of commercial interests over the years. We need more green and natural areas in our Hastings Park.
Tom Carchrae commented
More green space on the site occupied by the PNE, not more PNE on public parks, thank you.