Hastings Park governance review

hastings park governance review

Council has directed staff to start a governance review of Hastings Park and the Pacific National Exhibition.

The goals of the review are:

  • Align park governance with City Council direction and priorities
  • Recognize the PNE's role in the local, regional, and provincial economy
  • Facilitate effective stewardship of the priorities outlined in the Master Plan
  • Clarify responsibilities around infrastructure and asset management
  • Recognize the needs and issues related to local and city-wide residents

The governance review will include opportunities for public and stakeholder consultation.

Progress with this project

Hastings Racecourse operating agreement extended

November 7, 2016 – The City entered into an agreement with Hastings Entertainments Inc. and Great Canadian Gaming Corporation to extend the Hastings Racecourse Operating Agreement for a further three years.

View the amendment to the Hastings Park Operating Agreement  (2 MB)


Council approves updated bylaws of the PNE

June 10, 2015 – City Council approved the updated bylaws of the PNE developed as an outcome of implementing the Hastings Park/PNE governance review. Council also received the Hastings Park/PNE Board of Directors Terms of Reference and Multi-Party Operations Policy.

Council to consider new governance structure for Hastings Park / PNE 

July 22, 2013 – The final recommendation for a new governance structure for Hastings Park / PNE will be presented to the Standing Committee on Planning, Transportation and Environment on July 24, 2013.

The City retained KPMG to carry out the governance review of Hastings Park / PNE. KPMG's final report includes a summary of the public consultation that was completed during the governance review.

Read the KPMG final report and consultation summary  (1.3 MB)

What do you think about the Hastings Park and PNE refined governance options?

May 2, 2013 – If you’re not able to make it to the public engagement event on May 2nd, or would prefer to provide input from the comfort of your own home, this is your chance. Share your views about the Hastings Park and PNE refined governance options.

The Hastings Park questionnaire closed on May 9, 2013.

April 25th public engagement event postponed

April 25, 2013 – Today's public engagement event has been postponed. It will now be held on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Please join us then, to review and provide feedback on the refined governance options for Hastings Park and the PNE.

Event date: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street

Drop-in at 6:00pm; presentation at 7:00pm.

(Chinese translation will be available.)

We’re looking for your feedback on options that have been refined following public and stakeholder input  in February and March 2013. If you can’t make it to the event, visit our website after May 2 for details and to fill in a feedback form. 

March 19, 2013 – Thank you to all who completed the online feedback form. Your input will be used in conjunction with all other input received and incorporated into a report, which will be posted in the Documents section of the Governance web page in April.  Please check back here for updates over the next few weeks.

March 11, 2013 – Are you unable to attend our March 11 public forum where we will share our ideas about the governance review? View our consultation materials and feedback under the 'documents' tab, then give us your comments by taking a brief survey. The survey is open until March 18, 2013. 

Public engagement forum on governance review

February 22, 2013 – Come to a public engagement forum to learn more about the governance review and share your thoughts. City staff and consultants have been examining how Hastings Park and the PNE are currently governed in order to develop a governance model that supports the vision adopted by Council as outlined in the Hastings Park/PNE Master Plan. We're looking for your feedback on options that have been developed so far with stakeholder input.

Public engagement forum: Monday, March 11, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Drop-in at 6 pm. Presentation at 7:00pm. Group discussion at 7:30pm.
Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street

If you can't make it to the forum, visit this page after March 8 for details and to fill in an online comment form.

Public input opportunities

November 2012 – We are planning a number of opportunities for public input for early 2013. 

Stakeholder Advisory Group

In addition to broader public input planned for early 2013, we are establishing a Stakeholder Advisory Group to provide input on the Governance Review. This advisory group will be comprised of local and city-wide stakeholders representing the following interest groups:

  • Business and economic development
  • Sport and recreation
  • Cycling and walking
  • Culture, events, and festivals
  • Park stewardship, sustainability, and environmental education
  • On-site organizations

Final governance report

Public engagement

May 2, 2013 information boards

View the information boards displayed at the May 2nd public engagement event:

March 11, 2013 information boards

View the information boards displayed at the March 11 public engagement forum.

Documents related to this initiative

Current governance

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, such as sports-team bookings of Empire Fields and maintenance of the turf at Empire Fields.

Hastings Racecourse

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.

Work flowing from the Master Planning process

In 2010, during the latter half of the Hastings Park / PNE Mater Plan process, staff had begun seeking governance input from the Master Plan key stakeholder group, holding two exploratory workshops. A workshop with the Hastings Park Steering Committee was also held to determine high level principles and best practices.

As directed by Council, the PNE Board also undertook a study of its mission and goals of the 21st century. All of this work was included in the final Master Plan report to Council in December 2010. In addition, research was undertaken to examine governance structures of a number of international destination urban parks.

  • See the Documents tab for related reports and further details

Along with the approval of the Master Plan in December 2010, Vancouver City Council directed staff to report back on a governance review of Hastings Park. This directive was reiterated in October of 2011 directing staff to engage Hastings Park stakeholders in the process of determining the long term governance of Hastings Park.

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The Master Plan: A new vision for Hastings Park

Read the Master Plan  (5.80 MB)