Well it was only a matter of time before something had to give and yesterday it was confirmed that Vancouver’s annual summer fair, The PNE will cut the cost of admission, parking and close down for two days due to declining attendance. In the last two years attendance has declined nearly 24%.
The cost of adult admission will decrease from $20 to $16 and children under 13 will be admitted for free. On site parking will also be slashed from $20 to $16. However, you can always park in residential neighbourhood, just don’t park (or pah) when you see this sign.
The Fair at PNE will close on Monday August 19 and also on Monday August 26, 2013.
Decreasing the cost of admission is just a start, the problem with the PNE is that it is slowly losing its lustre as a summertime tradition in Metro Vancouver. While the population has grown, the PNE has remained roughly the same size. The PNE needs to be larger and add more variety of rides. This something we lamented when we stated that Vancouver deserves a bigger and better PNE.
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