Vancouver Parks and Recreation adds cultural services to its program portfolio

Some of Vancouver’s most treasured assets fall under the new strengthened and expanded department, including Officers Row and the West Barracks in the National Historic Site

VANCOUVER – The city of Vancouver’s cultural resources and programs have been integrated into the parks and recreation department, and the department is now called the Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. 

The city of Vancouver’s cultural resources and programs have been integrated into the parks and recreation department
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Some of Vancouver’s most treasured assets fall under the new strengthened and expanded department, including Officers Row and the West Barracks in the National Historic Site, city-owned public artworks, and the Celebrate Freedom programs. 

The new department will pursue the vision and action plan presented in city’s Culture, Arts and Heritage Plan, including establishing a new community arts center. Department staff will work closely with the city’s volunteer Culture, Arts and Heritage Commission and Public Art Committee to facilitate the development and promotion of a thriving cultural, arts and heritage environment in Vancouver. The department will also continue their work with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission to advocate for issues related to parks and recreation.

The department is guided by the Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director, a position currently held by interim director David Perlick. The cultural services portfolio is managed by Stacey Donovan, who also supervises the city’s special events and volunteer programs. 

“Vancouver Parks and Recreation is excited to support the growth and development of our city by adding culture and heritage programs to our array of services,” said Perlick. “We believe residents will experience this change as a positive joining of community-focused programs. We look forward to providing exceptional parks, trails, recreation programs, and arts and culture opportunities in the future.”

Information about the Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department can be found at www.VanParksRecCulture.org.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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