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HASTINGS PARK/PNE IDEAS WORKSHOP AND IDEAS FAIR ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The City of Vancouver sponsored and hosted the

Co-Design workshop program for Hastings Park/PNE. Mayor Larry Campbell opened the Stakeholders Work, which was introduced by Sue Harvey. The CoDesign Group conducted and facilitated the program and drew for the participants. Workshop Participants: As part of the Hastings Park/ PNE public consultation process a Key Stakeholder Group has been formed and is comprised of a balance of representatives with neighbourhood, on-site and City-wide interests. Each KSG members was invited to bring 2 additional representatives from their constituent group to the Ideas Workshop. Participants were: Arts & Culture: Frances Wasserlein (KSG), Paddy MacLeod, Dolly Hopkins Burrardview Neighbourhood Association: Shane Simpson (KSG), Lara Olson City-wide: Marta Farevaag CUPE: Steve Varty (KSG), Doug MacCaulder, Greg Antonson Hastings Community Association: Rolf Tevely (KSG), Eric Harms, Marion Olivieri Hastings Entertainment Inc. Phil Heard (KSG), Garth Essery, Michael Brown Hastings North BIA: Patricia Barnes (KSG), Teri Smith Hastings Park Conservancy: Cheryl Kathler (KSG), Bruce Wright Hastings Townsite Association: Martin Littlejohn (KSG), James Fletcher, Odette Slater Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association: Mel Snow (KSG), Harold Baroby, Dave Milburn Kiwassa Neighbourhood House: Mariken Van Nimwegen (KSG) OPEIU, Loc. 378: Margaret Sykes (KSG), Dave Park, Andy Ross PNE: Mike McDaniel (KSG), Mike McSorley, Peter Male PNE Concessionaires: Mike Sikich (KSG), Arhu Kruhan, James Batten South of Hastings resident: Stewart Andersen (KSG) Sport BC: Chris Blackman (KSG) Tourism Vancouver: Walt Judas (KSG), Steve Regan Matthew Coyne Vancouver Heights Residents: Joanne van Snellenburg (KSG), Patricia Coutts, Jim Hamm Vancouver Board of Trade: Blair Qualey (KSG), Marguerite Ford, Yvonne de Valone Youth representatives: Alison Hill (KSG), Calvin Luong, Erin Robinson City and Park Board Staff: Sue Harvey, Project Manager of the Hastings Park/PNE directed and organized the events with the assistance of Eric Westberg, and Brent Elliott under the direction of the Hastings Park/PNE Steering Committee: Brent Macgregor (Chair) Deputy City Manager, Jacquie Forbes Roberts, General Manager, Community Services, Susan Mundick, General Manager, Parks and Recreation, Terry Corrigan, Director of Financial Services, Larry Beasley, Director of Current Planning, Burke Taylor, Director, Office of Cultural Affairs. City staff assisting with the Ideas Workshop and Ideas Fair included: Elaine Ayres, Catherine Clement, Michel Desrochers, Trish French, Lori MacKay, Brent Elliott, Jaret Lang, Mario Lee, Joyce Lee, Eric Lott, Daniel Naundorf, Kirsten Robinson, Ted Sebastian, Juliana Torjek, Eric Westberg, Ernie Westmacott, Hamish Wilson, Baldwin Wong, and Pat Wotherspoon. Volunteers: Alison Aloisio, Maureen Hetzler, Kevin King, Matti Siemiatycki, Josie Wiens, Lynn Wilson, and special thanks to Kiwassa Neighbourhood House Childminding staff

Consultants: Steve Balgrosky, Richard Blagborne, Brian Johnston, Colin Campbell, Mario Campos, Steven Chambers, Jane Durante, Mark Dvorchak, Cheryl Hughes, Floris Van Weelderen, Brian Wallace and Willis Winters The Co-Design Group. Director: Stanley King. Associate Director: Merinda Conley. Coordinator: Ben Ostrander. Artist/facilitators: Merinda Conley, Drew Ferrari, Bill Latimer, Chuck Smith, Joe Cairns, Susan Chung, and Philip Chung. Youth program facilitator: Celia King. Photographer and production of matrices: Michael Bender. Author of the Summary of Responses report: Stanley King. www.co-designgroup.com

SUMMARY OF RESPONSES Introduction To obtain citizens views of the future for Hastings Park/PNE, the City of Vancouver sponsored and organized a one-day Stakeholders workshops on Saturday 28 September 2004, and a Youth and Public Open House on Sunday 29 September 2004, at Hastings Park. Under the direction of Sue Harvey, Project Manager for the City, Stanley King and the Co-Design Group conducted the program. At the Stakeholders Workshop, about 70 citizens participated in a full day Co-Design workshop. They considered the future of the park, listed the activities of a typical day, and in groups, walked the site to note its qualities. Returning to the hall, they sat with an artist and created scenes of the future park, listed the features of their drawings, and placed them on display. All the participants then viewed and rated all the features of all the drawings. At the Youth and Public Open House on the following day, an estimated 1,200 1,500 citizens and youth participated. They viewed and rated the drawings from the previous days workshop. They sat with artists and created new drawings of their ideas that were put on display and rated. Children and youth created their own drawings of their ideas. Participants also noted their comments on Post-it notes attached to the drawings, and on a large Graffiti wall. This report records and summarizes the responses from citizens, to inspire and guide the designers, and provide a basis for demonstrating the support their designs give to community values.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSES

THE CO-DESIGN WORKSHOP AND OPEN HOUSE Activity Time Line At the start of the Co-Design workshop on Saturday, the participants imagined a day in the future when Hastings Park had been improved to their personal satisfaction, and they were visiting the Park. The participants called out ideas for activities that they would wish to experience or wish to see going on around them on a normal or special day in any season. Their ideas were written along a time-line representing 24 hours of life in the Park. They compiled a list of special events that could occur throughout the year. The Site Walk Participants gathered in groups and with their artist walked the site to look for the qualities in relation the future activities. They imagined arriving, parking, walking to the activity, and imagined the activities as the might occur. They considered their preferred environment for the activities in terms of the orientation, views, colours, night-light, and sounds etc. Image Creation Returning to the hall for lunch, the participants sat with the Co-Design artist and described the vision in their minds eye, saying first what they would be doing - sitting, walking, etc. The artist drew in the first figure and then drew in other people placed as directed, and then added the surrounding physical environment and descriptive words to create a large drawing in coloured felt pen. The participants added their names as the authors of their drawing. At the Youth and Public Open House, participants sat with artists and created drawings in the same way. Rating the features of the drawings. When the coloured felt pen drawing was complete, the participants selected the features of the drawing for rating, and listed them on a rating sheet beside the drawing. They then put the drawing and rating sheet on display for viewing and rating by the participants. At the Open House, some drawings were late in completion and received little rating. The count of ratings by the participants at the Stakeholders Workshop totaled 4,950. The proportion of ratings in the various categories totaled as follows: I love it. Go for it.3,134 (63%) OK but needs more designing.1,273 (26%) Belongs elsewhere543 (11%)

The consensus on the ideas as illustrated reached 63%. Consensus on the ideas themselves, with the need for some redesign, reached 63% + 26% = 89%. The consensus reached by the participants at the Stakeholders workshop continued into the Youth and Public Open House. Later in the afternoon, it was noted that some participants instead of rating once for each feature, were rating many times. In order to avoid this bias in the counts, only those ratings that were recorded at the Workshop early in the day before the multiple rating occurred are assessed. These are assessed by measuring the density of ticks in three categories; those with a solid density of ticks in I love it. Go for it, those with ticks spread over all three columns, and those with a solid density of ticks in Belongs elsewhere. This report excludes ratings that occurred towards the end of the day Sunday. As a result, the ratings are only partially recorded here, and should be read as indicating a trend.

MOVEMENT AND CIRCULATION Citizens see the corner of Hastings and Renfrew as the main gateway to the park. Entry to a green pedestrian route opens from this gateway under a planted arch. At Fair times, the gateway also accommodates a temporary fairground scene to advertise the occasion. The green pedestrian route continues north and northeast, linking the parks and Sanctuary, and crossing by a bridge to New Brighton Park. Entry by car at the northwest and northeast corners leads into underground parking. What the drawings do not contain is also significant; except in an illustration of an antique car festival, cars appear rarely in the drawings, and then only in underground parking. In contrast, scenes of the Park now show cars and blacktop in abundance. In addition to the green pedestrian route, citizens describe a pedestrian entertainment corridor along Miller Drive, the service road that runs east and west centrally in the park. The accommodation is temporary, in tents, cleared after the Fair to restore the landscaped scene. The drawings show a high level gondola, starting from the corner of Hastings and Renfrew and crossing to the NE corner and to Playland. Citizens see the park as a place to stroll freely, without the impediment of fences. They advocate charging customers at the event or ride, not for entering the area. Accord in rating appears in these features: Promenades to access entry into the park. Promenades to enhance access. Pedestrian access across Hastings. No boundaries around perimeter of Park. PNE, Playland gated during Fair and season, Gateway left open during off-season. Supports pedestrian movement. Accommodates high traffic flow of pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists. Develop tree lined and connecting promenades. Extension of walking trails. Walking trails. Significant greening along walking routes within Playland. Strengthen connectivity at Miller Road between Hastings Park and the Livestock Building. Temporary Fair in green space along promenade. Outdoor seating for relaxation. Soundproof berms along Hastings Road. Parking put underground. Reduce surface parking. Parking removed from middle of site replaced with parking structures on edge of site. Underground parking NE and NW corners. Extension of Sanctuary and Stream trail. Japanese Garden / Sanctuary connecting venues. Landscaped land bridge to Brighton Park. Gondola ride to access entire site and Brighton Park.

BUILDING USES AND TENTS. Citizens see the park as alive with activity year round. Most drawings contained scenes of people, some in smaller groups, such as at an Animal Centre, others in large sports and performance events. The drawings show festival and fair activities sited at the Gateway at Hastings and Renfrew, over underground parking at the northwestern and northeastern corners. They show sites for events in the internal open spaces housed in tents to the east of the existing buildings along Renfrew. Community activity appears in a drawing of a community arts centre. The drawings shows classes in music, dancing, sketching, hands on crafts and a Craft Fair, and a showcase of the best of community arts and entertainment and community sports. Arts and culture appear strongly, in building a longhouse, study native arts; education on natural environment; education about horses and other animals; learn the history of the park, and tours to the nature sanctuary. Performing CirKids appear in several drawings. Drawings show a youth and childrens park, pony rides and petting zoo, children on bikes, a skateboard park, ice-skating for kids in the Agrodome, and a family restaurant. The existing buildings are shown as accommodating many activities, sports, festival events, performances, dance classes, and community activities. Some new buildings appear though they are rejected in the rating. Some existing building uses barns, services, and storage buildings are buried underground. Accord in rating appears in these features: Signature events to show uniqueness of Vancouver. Full usage of site. Focus on activity of site. Annual summer event that promotes tradition, culture, and emotion. Economic contribution to park. Continue to provide employment opportunities. Balance between revenue producing events and community usage. Commercial/community passive mix. Ticketed rides, not ticketed gates. Revenue from specific venues, not general admission. Utilize existing building facades. Space to coordinate on site festivals/events. Temporary Fair in green space along promenade. Farmers market. Shows, dog race, pig race. Year round operation. Shared resource for groups to use. Permanent restaurant, meeting facility. Re-use existing buildings. Allow community use in existing buildings. Ethnic festival stage. Live entertainment, music, and choir festivals. Sports for all seasons, hockey, indoor sports. Barns open, kids learn about animals. Strengthen connectivity at Miller Road between Hastings Park and Livestock Building.

Include artisans booths. Souvenirs, arts and crafts, socializing. Rollerland Building focal point for interactive learning for kids 4 - 14 years. Integrated learning and playing. Integrated indoor / outdoor learning and play. CirKids. CirKids performance in Garden. Learning circus skills in Garden Building. CirKids highly visible, drawing people into site. Improve and maintain Garden Building. Kids local talent and music. Live entertainment. Youth performers. Flexible performance space. Local talent. Live music accompaniment.

OUTDOORS USES Landscape, trees, grass and water. Among the features of the citizens visions, the greening of the site appears in 70 of the detailed drawings by far the most frequently drawn feature. Together, they show a wide green parkway containing a pedestrian path beside a pond and stream. Starting from the Gateway at Hastings and Renfrew at the southwest corner, the swathe of landscape links into the formal gardens, sweeps north and northeast to join the Sanctuary. There, at the top of the escarpment, the path widens to provide a panoramic view of sea and mountains. The landscaped park continues north over the site crossing McGill Street by a landscaped bridge to Brighton Park and the sea shore beyond. Accord in rating appears in these features: General greening of space. Site entirely green. Sanctuary respected. Greener site overall. Create green connections between areas. More green. Greening of Windermere Hill. Daylighting stream. Daylight stream, forest and stream ecology. Daylighting stream to New Brighton Park with extension of trees. Natural forest. Tree lined paths. Open views to the NE by removing and relocating storage area. Enhance external view north. Re-locate storage area. Water view. Enhance external view north.

Open view from Playland to mountains. Taking advantage of vista (mountains and harbour). Parking put underground green parks at grade. Reduce surface parking. Appropriately green parking. Special treatment of roads; masonry and grass.

Activities in open spaces. When listing the activities of a preferred day in the future park, citizens referred directly on 20 occasions to enjoying the landscape in activities such as Jogging through extensive forested trails with ponds, Tour of Japanese garden, and Families picnic upon hill (highest point). Activities occur throughout the day and night, starting with Bird watching, and Park comes alive at 6 am, to Full moon walk in Sanctuary at midnight. Accord in rating appears in these features: PNE open usual time. PNE not permanent on site, put up only during last to weeks in August. Playland permanent. Roller coaster remains. Canada Day sports. Community sports events. Field sports. Horse riding/racing. Space for pick-up games. Sports nighttime illumination. Lighting added. Light demonstrations. Sensitive neighbour. Site sensitive, neighbour sensitive. Focus on environmentally responsible and healthy citizenship. Outdoor amphitheatre. Washrooms on site. Provide service amenities on site. On site day care for employees and community.

YOUTH DRAWINGS Youth, drawing for themselves, produced 7 drawings. These were not rated. Theatre in the forest. Graffiti wall. Skateboard Park. Circus training. CirKids training year round. CirKids training. Circus fun.

MIXED POSITIVE / NEGATIVE RATINGS. The following features received both positive and negative ratings from citizens: Casino. Eliminate fences. Slow gondola rides. Temporary rides for main Fair events. Two or three landmark rides remain. Walkways through Playland open during off-season. Ecological tour of BC. Solar operated tour cars with canopies. Sheep grazing for grass control. Mining history. Community Centre is focal gathering point, part of larger family/child/youth community area (learning area, playground, skate park). It is host to a variety of arts and sports activities within a park setting. Rollerland could be converted to childcare and childrens museum. Rollerland is childrens museum called Kidspark. Forum is Hastings Park Community Arts Centre.

NEGATIVE RATINGS. The following features received mostly negative ratings from citizens: Discovering mining. Replica gold-rush boomtown. Water wheel. Fishing. Bring back 9-hole golf course. Playland open during PNE only. Playland totally demolished. Midway removed to improve views off escarpment towards mountains (and over horse area). Playland/PNE gated during Fair but left open during off-season. Tent structures (removable, flexible to conceal storage in Playland). Both facilities community centre and childrens museum, remain open 12 months of the year.

WRITTEN COMMENTS. Participants at the Youth and Public Open House wrote comments on Post-it Notes and on the Graffiti Board. The list of notes totals 109 comments of which 76 support the ideas in the drawings and 21 oppose them. Participants did not rate the comments. 13 notes refer to ideas that are not among the ideas on the drawings, as follows: Parades. Parade should be brought back, it is a great event that adds excitement back in Vancouver every summer; it could take place along East Hastings from Boundary to Nanaimo if the former parade route downtown is too expensive. Big charities trade show and swap meet to raise money for them; food bank convention day; have speakers time. Special equestrian events for the disabled. PNE should be a 3-weekend affair renting park space. Close Playland for one week before PNE starts. Race go-carts a little Indy race. Pavilions around pond for Olympics. Bulletin board with orientation info at entrance. Maps. Community bulletin boards. Show events coming up. Add security 24 hours a day, year round.

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Safety. More activity. Community activity will generate a safer feeling, especially for women. Coliseum: green roof.

THE ACTIVITY TIME LINE MATRIX In the Activity Timeline Matrix that follows, responses are gathered together to show the repetition of reference to certain kinds of activity. As in a conversation with a friend one might say, "You have mentioned this several times - it must be significant to you", so one can read significance into the repetitions. Activities are grouped into kinds of activity, and may fit more than one category; for example, Jogging fits into the category of Movement and Circulation and Sports and Recreation. Special events (46 references). The large number of special events, if spread out over the year, would mean an event almost every week. They include the PNE and seasonal events, Spring and Fall Migratory Bird Fest, Solstice, Christmas, New Years Eve, Chinese New Year, Easter, and many events through the summer months. Movement and Circulation (37 references). Participants see the park as a place to move through at leisure, and as a destination, and as an active working environment. The day starts with Farmers set up for market at 5 am and ends with Casino closes at 1 am. Participants see two main kinds of movement and circulation, pedestrian and traffic. Pedestrian activity forms the majority, (23 activities). Citizens referred to activities such as: Take baby for a walk, jogging, walking, strolling, biking, skateboarding, pony rides, and group tours of horse barns and formal gardens. Traffic activity (14 activities) - parking, and drop-off, arrivals and departures for sports activities, classes, and events.

Sports and Recreation (35 references). Of this number, almost half (17) refer to children and youth, such as Taking kids to hockey, Skateboarding, and Playing with kids. Timing for one third of the activities occur before 9 am, and one quarter between 3 6 pm. Family and Community (33 references). The large number of references to community activities, such as Meeting friends, Bring family to Fair, Attend community centre program. The activities are spread over the entire day, from Taking kids to hockey at 7 am, to Fright-night at Playland at midnight. Workshops and Education (21 references). The emphasis on childrens activities continues in this category, (7 mentions), with such activities as School field trips, CirKids classes, Children go to art, dance, music class. Nine of these activities occur in the afternoon. Arts, music, and culture (22 references). Eight occur in the afternoon, nine occur in the evening. Half of activities in this category refer specifically to music (11 references). Enjoying Landscape (20 references). Work and Training (19 references). Most of these activities refer to Park maintenance and horse racing. A large number occur in the early morning hours. Commercial, retail, eating (15 references). Almost half of these (7 references) refer to coffee, lunch, and dining. The category includes trade shows and farmers market. Two mentions are made of as gambling

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casino. Activities occur through 24 hours, starting with Coffee at 6 am, to both Film crews set up, and Farmers set up for market at 5 am. Racing, horses, gambling (12 references). This category of activities, the smallest, includes 6 references to horse racing, and 2 to casino gambling. Horse training starts at 6 am, and Casino closes at 1 am.

THE DRAWINGS MATRIX The Drawings Matrix that follows after the Time Line Matrix shows the common elements in the drawings. Some drawings contain several scenes each of which are counted as separate elements. A scene may contain reference to more than one category of activity. As in the case of the Time Line Matrix, the degree of repetition of elements indicates a priority in the thinking of the various groups of participants. Citizens desire a massive greening of the Park. Green replaces blacktop and cars park underground. Landscape of trees shrubberies and grass appear as the most repeated element in the drawings. Further, citizens see this landscape alive with activity, a place for children and families, a place for casual enjoyment, for peace, and on special occasions, for crowded events. Citizens responses together form a rich mix of ideas, a rich and fertile basis for the concept designs that will follow.

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SPECIAL EVENTS LIST


Diwali Italian Day Fund Raising Events Walk-a-thon Sports Tournaments Childrens Festival Mid-Summer Lantern Procession Christmas Festival New Years Eve Celebrations Earth Day Derby Day at racetrack Ethnic Day Easter Egg Hunt Chinese New Year City Festival (music festival) Annual Fair Special Casinos Pre-Olympic events 2010 Solstice Events Wedding Photos in the park Group Picnics Childrens Theatre Festival Graffiti Festival Fire Dancers Rave Evenings Ramadan Vaisaki International Dance Festival Slam City Jam Thoroughbred Horse Sale Trade Show Spring & Fall Migratory Bird Fest Outdoor Theatre Wine and Food Festival Youth Week Arts Festival Chinese Garden Festival Flower & Gardening Show Japanese Garden Festival (tours) African Dance & Drumming Festival First Nations Events Youth Talent Festival Antique Car Show Lighting Festival Ice Carving Events (every 5 yrs. or so) A Kite Festival on Windermere Hill

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