Install a permanent Dyke Chilling Park sign in Grandview Park, Vancouver BC
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We request the City of Vancouver to permanently install a Dyke Chilling Park sign as an art installation at Grandview Park on Commercial Drive.
The Grandview Woodland neighbourhood and Commercial Drive community have long relied on Grandview Park as a safe queer space for it’s ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population. Grandview Park has provided space for community events, concerts, picnics, sports, and for over 30 years it has hosted the Stonewall Festival, East Side Pride and the annual Dyke March & Festival.
The temporary Dyke Chilling Park sign installed Saturday August 4, 2018, the day of the Dyke March, was met with support and joy from people within the park and on the street—whether they were dykes, with dykes, attending the festival, hanging out in the park, walking by or enjoying brunch across the street. This sign brought joy, recognition and visibility to a community that struggles so frequently with the absence of safe space, lack of privilege, and no invitation to belong without the proviso of assimilation.
With the support of the community, and neighbours including the queers and dykes that have positively shaped this area and call it home, we ask the city to support the value and importance of recognizing queer space. We ask for a Dyke Chilling Park city park sign to be installed as a permanent art installation in Grandview Park as an acknowledgement of this historical place, as a gesture of solidarity, and a gift of visibility to our marginalized community.
Commercial Drive is home to many people who don’t fit in perfect boxes, and our marches aren’t written about or covered in the news, but our daily struggles are real. Art speaks, heals and touches so many with emotion, connection and solidarity—help build a landmark that fosters joy, asserts inclusivity, and promotes healing.
We acknowledge with respect that Grandview Park is located on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
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