The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) operates and manages approximately 114 acres of the 154-acre park. The remaining 40 acres is the Hastings Racecourse lease area, which is leased from the City of Vancouver by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.
In addition, the PNE operates parking lot 16 (to the west of the E-Comm Building) and parking lot 10 (north of McGill Street), which is scheduled to be converted to park land in 2013 (New Brighton Park: Creekway Park). Both are owned by the City.
Vancouver City Council
Vancouver City Council approves major directions in the long-range plan for Hastings Park and the PNE. This includes the adoption of the final Master Plan (approved December 2010), future governance models, and the integration of the Master Plan into the City’s Capital budgeting process.
The City of Vancouver
The City of Vancouver owns Hastings Park and the PNE, and is responsible for the long-range planning for both. The Hastings Park / PNE Planning Project Manager - based within the Cultural Services Division of the City’s Community Services - is responsible for implementing the Council-approved Master Plan for Hastings Park and the PNE.
A Steering Committee, comprised of senior City, Park Board, and PNE staff, has been convened to guide the implementation process, and to direct the Project Manager. The Steering Committee is supported through various interdepartmental staff from Park Board, Engineering, Community Services, PNE and Hastings Racecourse.
Major capital investments (e.g. new parks and upgrades) in Hastings Park are the responsibility of the City of Vancouver. These are integrated into the City’s Capital Plan, and are carried out when recommended by City staff and approved by Vancouver City Council.
The Pacific National Exhibition
The PNE is a non-profit charity owned by the City of Vancouver, which operates and manages Hastings Park on the City's behalf of the City of Vancouver.
The PNE hosts an annual summer fair, runs Playland, and manages concerts, tradeshows, sporting competitions, and cultural and community events in the facilities located in Hastings Park. With gross annual revenues of $50M and an annual $113M impact to the greater Vancouver regional economy, the PNE plays a significant economic role locally and regionally.
The PNE is responsible for managing and maintaing the building facilities and public park areas within Hastings Park. This also includes leasing of buildings and facilities. All operating costs for Hastings Park are the responsibility of the PNE.
The President and CEO of the PNE is responsible for the overall operation of the PNE. Reporting to the PNE Board of Directors, the President and CEO manages community impact and policy issues at the PNE, and is responsible for the PNE management, union staff and associated collective agreements.
The PNE Board of Directors
The PNE Board of Directors plays a leading role in the sustainability of the PNE. The Board balances local and city-wide community, business, management, and staff interests to ensure the continued success of the PNE. Board members are part of a team of lead decision makers, and act as ambassadors for the PNE organization of over 3,700 staff.
The Board has the power to enact bylaws for the regulation and management of the PNE, to appoint a President and Chief Executive Officer, and to delegate any powers to a director or committees. The bylaws of the PNE govern and protect the business, borrowing, and issuing of securities, as well as the conduct and remuneration of directors and committees of the organization.
Both the Hastings Park Steering Committee and the PNE Board report to City Council through the City of Vancouver City Manager.
City of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
The City of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (the Park Board) also has key interest in Hastings Park. Although not governed by the Park Board, Hastings Park is designed and implemented to Park Board standards and specifications, and Park Board staff are closely involved in the design and implementation process.
Major park projects within Hastings Park are reported to the Park Board for Commissioners' comment and approval. The Park Board also has a number of operational responsibilities within the park e.g. sports team bookings of Empire Fields and maintenance of the turf at Empire Fields.
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation operates Hastings Racecourse and Casino under an operating agreement with the City of Vancouver. The operating agreement outlines the operation of the casino, racetrack and associated facilities.