Decision on $450,000 Hastings Park art piece deferred for public consultation

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A Vancouver Park Board vote to decide whether or not to approve a proposed $450,000 art installation has been deferred.

The board was scheduled to make a decision on May 25 regarding the public art piece looking to be built in Hastings Park. Titled “Home and Away,” the art piece’s cost has raised some voices.

“We just want to make sure that it’s going in the right place and that it works for the public,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair John Coupar. “It’s a just a little bit of a pause while we get all the information that we need.”

Funding for a portion of the $450,000 will be sourced from the Public Art Program, while the rest will be drawn from the 2015-2018 capital plan — a four-year financial plan for facility and infrastructure investment.

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The public consultation meeting is scheduled for July 18. The meeting was part of the original report, but park board commissioners decided it was important to place it before the board takes their official vote.

The art installation would be part of the City’s plan to revitalize Hastings Park, though the board will be giving time for the public to provide their insight on the piece and its purpose.

The board will not be making a decision until sometime in September.

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