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Hastings Park
Park Location
2901 E Hastings
(@ E Hastings Street)
Neighbourhood
Hastings-Sunrise
Area
62 hectares
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Recreation Facilities
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Washroom Information
LocationWinter hoursSummer hoursNotes
West side, between Slidey Slides Park and Empire FieldsDawn to DuskDawn to DuskChange rooms are permit only
About the Park
Hastings Park was granted to Vancouver as a public park by the Provincial government in 1889. Between 1890 and 1910, the City gave permission to build a horse racetrack and host an exhibition (now called the Pacific National Exhibition). These two uses were successful and Council allowed them to expand over the years. In 1990, the City decided to restore Hastings Park to dominant park use and, in 1997, approved the Hastings Park Restoration Plan. Between 1999 and 2001, a total of 10.7 hectares (26.4 acres) of the site was restored to park: the Sanctuary (1999), the Italian Garden (2000) and Empire Fields and a skatepark (2001).

Il Giardino Italiano

Il Giardino’s distinctive Italian-style plantings include pear, lavender, mulberry, and grape. The fountains and channels of the unique water feature, complete with gargoyles, add delicious sounds to the garden. From the large children’s play area to the opera walk, Il Giardino Italiano is a feast for the eyes. The area also includes a skatepark, a popular youth gathering place with views of the gardens and mountains beyond.

Sanctuary

The sanctuary overflows with greenery and bird calls. Its main feature, the pond, is the result of the daylighting of a stream contained by a culvert for over 50 years, combined with rainwater collected from the neighbourhood to the south. A series of bridges, winding pathways, riparian plantings and tucked-away seating areas makes this a delightful refuge for visitors, as well as an important example of ecology in urban areas.

Empire Fields

Empire Bowl houses several playing fields for soccer and softball, as well as an oval running track. Steep slopes surround the bowl, covered with grasses that rustle in the breeze. Regal concrete details, including a grand staircase, make this a powerful and impressive space.
History
Hastings Park was granted to Vancouver as a public park by the Provincial government in 1889. Between 1890 and 1910, the City gave permission to build a horse racetrack and host an exhibition. The City decided to restore Hastings Park to dominant park use and, in 1997, approved the Hastings Park Restoration Plan. Between 1999 and 2001, a total of 10.7 hectares (26.4 acres) of the site was restored to park: the Sanctuary (1999), the Italian Garden (2000) and Empire Fields (2001).

In 2004, the Province transferred ownership and management of the PNE to the City of Vancouver.

In 2010, City Council endorsed the Hastings Park/PNE Master Plan, a long term plan for the park which includes the renewal of the annual Fair and Playland, new active and passive park spaces, and improved connections to green spaces, the waterfront, and the surrounding community.

In 2013, another site within Hastings Park was restored to green space. Creekway Park opened in an area that was formerly a parking lot.
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