2008 Could Be Record Year for Special Events in Vancouver

Mayor Sam Sullivan and Councillor Elizabeth Ball are recommending City Council approve the 2008 Annual Special Events report later today. In addition to approving a number of ongoing and regular special events for 2008, the report proposes a series of new measures.

“These special events help make Vancouver the vibrant and diverse city it is,” said Mayor Sullivan. “In addition to celebrating inclusion, these events will promote economic development and many will provide an opportunity to showcase our rich arts and culture community. I am confident Council will approve this plan.”

The new measures being proposed in the report include:

  • South Asian music festival desiFEST in Gastown on May 3
  • Westside Cycling Classic in Point Grey on June 1
  • Vancouver BG Triathalon World Championships in West End June 5-8
  • Car Free Day events in Kits Point, on Denman, Cambie & Main Streets for June 15
  • extended route for 2008 Pride Parade
  • Pride Festival street party on August long weekend
  • International Nike Human Race run around False Creek on August 31
  • move date of 2008 Santa Clause Parade to December 7
  • new measures to streamline event approvals

“These events provide families and visitors with an opportunity to celebrate the best of Vancouver,” said Councillor Ball. “I want to recognize the commitment of community organizations and volunteers that help make these events a success and our city staff for their hard work which facilitates these opportunities.”

These special events compliment the $1 million Community Celebration Fund for 2010 celebrations approved by City Council earlier this week.