Welcome to Summer 2018 at Hastings Community Centre! We have many great opportunities to get you out and about this summer. On July 1st, we will kick off the summer with our popular annual Canada Day celebration in Hastings Community Park, right behind the community centre. This is a fun free event that attracts folks from all walks of life with musical entertainment, program demonstrations, a BBQ, and lots of fun activities for kids. As usual this summer we will be offering our ever-popular summer day camps led by our energetic summer staff. We also have some interesting new camps: kids’ tennis, science & magic, t-ball and musical camp. For adults there is belly dancing, bellyfit and power pilates. Something else to try: Parks Canada is offering a series of workshops on camping skills to help you build your skills and confidence in the great outdoors.
Many of you know that Hastings Community Centre is run through a partnership between the Hastings Community Association (HCA) and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. What you may not know is that HCA is a volunteer-driven organization with a board of directors that advocates for our community in a variety of ways. One example of how we have advocated for the interests of Hastings Sunrise this past year was our fight to keep Templeton Pool open. Upon hearing of the proposed demolition of Templeton Pool, we immediately began to circulate a petition, we got word out through social media, we wrote letters to Park Board Commissioners, and we asked local politicians to do the same (which they did – thank you!). And it worked – Commissioners listened to us and made changes to the recommendations. However, the final decision has been deferred to a later date. Rest assured that we will continue to be a strong voice and fight for our community pool to remain open. Please stay tuned and check our website for updated information. And have a great summer!
Hastings Community Association President