Reporting on park parties overlooks other concerns
I have some serious reservations about what Constance Barnes and Vision Vancouver have in mind for Vancouver parks [“ Music livens up the park”, August 22-29]. They seem to be trying to reinvent parks by “[pondering] how parks and green space could be utilized in different ways to promote music, arts, and cultural education”.
I would venture to say that a majority of Vancouverites think that parks were set up as green spaces to allow people to get away from the hustle and bustle of this city and enjoy a little bit of what is left of the natural world in the city. What we need in the parks are things that cannot be found elsewhere in the city, such as green spaces, relative quiet, beautiful gardens, birds singing, et cetera.
This is especially important to the many of us who do not have our own back yards and gardens.
What we don’t need are loud rock or other concerts, restaurants, cafés, and movie nights, all of which can be readily found elsewhere in the city. Recently I have observed a trend in some of our parks, particularly Stanley Park, toward what seems like the evolution of an amusement park.
It is getting more and more difficult to find times on weekends or even evenings, especially in summer, when it is possible to enjoy an escape from the city. So please, Ms. Barnes and Vision Vancouver, stop trying to find new uses for our parks. We already have a perfectly good use for our parks, so concentrate your efforts on doing a good job of maintaining them.
> Walter Kalyn / Vancouver
Kudos to Constance Barnes for noting lost venues of cultural value that unfortunately can never be replaced, like the irreplaceable culture that was stricken from the park when First Nations were forced overnight to flee by government decree. Entire communities were decimated, and villages were rezoned and renamed in honour of the governor general. First Nations, in their efforts to reclaim and restore their home name and heritage, have been repeatedly undermined.
The Straight missed the opportunity to honour this landmark’s true national heritage and the losses perpetrated, which no music can truly avenge.
> Lilia d’Acres / West Vancouver