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Stanley Park To Receive a $500,000 Birthday Bash?

Have you ever attended a $200,000 party? For those of you who haven’t, August 24 2013 will be your lucky day. Stanley Park, who was recently named one of the most beautiful parks in the world, will be turning 125 and celebrating in big ways.

Vancouver’s park board has requested $200,000 from the city’s innovation fund for artists and performance fees, along with staging and staff. City council is expected to vote on the request later this week.

From what we know so far, the outdoor event will focus on the Aboriginal history of the park and its ecology and modern role in Vancouver. Local First Nations have also shown interest in participating through on-site carving and storytelling to provide a authentic experience. Sponsors will also help cover costs. For starters, the event’s Gold sponsor – Stanley Park Brewery will provide $200,000. Canadian Heritage will also sponsor the event and provide $90,500. We’re sure more sponsors will help pitch in, but that’s already $290,500. With an additional $200,000 this party will spend half a million on Stanley Parks birthday bash! We’re sure taxpayers won’t be too happy..

A little background on the park:

Stanley Park is a 404.9 hectare (1,001 acre) urban park bordering downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was opened in 1888 by Mayor David Oppenheimer in the name of Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor-General of Canada.[1]

It is more than 10% larger than New York City’s Central Park and almost half the size of London’s Richmond Park.The park attracts an estimated eight million visitors every year,  including locals and tourists, who come for its recreational facilities and its natural attributes. A paved 22 kilometres (14 mi) seawall path circles the park, which is used by 2.5 million pedestrians, cyclists, and inline skaters every year.Much of the park remains forested with an estimated half million trees, some of which stand as tall as 76 metres (249 ft) and are up to hundreds of years old.

Image via Stephen Hui

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