his won’t be your average back-yard summer bash.
The city of Vancouver announced more details Thursday for its Celebrate! Stanley Park festival. The free two-day event will take place Aug. 24 and 25, and honours the park’s 125th anniversary.
Events including live performances, beer gardens, sports and other displays will be set up throughout the city’s massive ‘back yard’, at venues such as Malkin Bowl and Lumbermen’s Arch.
“Stanley Park is a place of remarkable significance to Vancouver’s past, present and future,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a release.
“This summer’s Celebrate! Stanley Park festivities will showcase the park’s best ecological, cultural, and historical attributes, with a special focus on First Nations experiences and stories.”
Earlier this week, city council approved an investment of $200,000, while the Vancouver parks board has approved its own contribution of $50,000.
Another $90,500 will come from the Arts and Heritage Program at Canadian Heritage, and $200,000 will come from presenting sponsor Stanley Park Brewery.
The festival is expected to cost in the neighbourhood of $600,000, and upwards of 60,000 visitors are expected over the course of the weekend.
The festival comes on the heels of last summer’s Voices in the Park fundraiser, spearheaded by international recording artist Sarah McLachlan, a Vancouver native. That event was attended by more than 10,000 people and raised more than $1 million.
In 2011, the city hosted Vancouver’s 125th anniversary Summer Live Celebration, also set in Stanley Park.
Stanley Park was first opened on Sept. 27, 1888. In 1988, one hundred years later, the federal government declared the park a national historic site.
Currently, the park has more than eight million visitors a year and is considered the largest urban park in Canada.
More details, including performers, will be announced closer to the event.