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Man plays tetherball Tennis in Oppenheimer Park, Vancouver DTES

January 27, 2015 Leave a comment

A mild Winter’s day has a man practicing his Tennis strokes using a tennis ball attached to a rope in tetherball style.

1 AHA MEDIA sees man playing tetherball tennis in Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver DTES

240th DTES Street Market in Vancouver

January 12, 2015 Leave a comment

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26th Oppenheimer Park Christmas Dinner

December 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Saturday, December 20th, 2014 12:00 Noon

In 1988 The Oppenheimer Park Christmas Dinner began and in 1992 the Oppenheimer Park Christmas fund was created. Over our twenty six year history we’ve served over 3,000 meals each and every year, and created a very special Christmas tradition in the Downtown Eastside, complete with a visit from Santa and small gifts including new socks, gloves and packages of toiletries. We estimate that in 2010 we crossed the 50,000 mark in total dinners served! This has been accomplished with the support of hundreds of volunteers, the film industry community and local businesses.


Remembrance Day 2014 at Victory Square, Vancouver

November 12, 2014 Leave a comment



217th DTES Street Market in Vancouver

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment

217th DTES Street Market and 32nd Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:

Another great sunny day.

The temperatures soared over 32 degrees.

This time, we were fully prepared with lots of freezies, icecream, and cold pop in our freezer and cooler.

It was a record day for selling…  over $425 – which makes an all time Street Market record!!!

This Sunday was our Pride Market.

The pride parade was happening all over the West End, and some pride celebrations were visible at our market throughout the day.

It was also the third day with our new security guards.

The great beginnings progress is coming along amazingly.

We now have 3 large murals being painted, and offer 45 distinct jobs during Sunday (our old figure was between 28 and 30).

This week we added the positions of “Greeters”.

The greeters will stand at the entrances of the market to maintain our perimeter. They will have the opportunity to stop someone that wants to vend and is not a member of the market, and will also be able to call for help if there is trouble.

The greeter on the north end of the market was given a radio, since they will be quite separated from the main tent.

8 radios are now deployed at the market during Sunday

2 – with both RPICs

2 – with both coordinators

2 – with the new security guards

1 – with the Eidge liaison

1 – with the north end greeter

Our hope is to pick up a few more, but with only one channel, we are limited to about 10 radios without having too much cross talk.

Only a few incidents to mention – a couple was arguing and needed to be escorted out of the market, and our RPIC#2 became sick early in the day and needed to go home.

Here is a list of the 45 distinct jobs during the day

2 x coordinators (12 hours each)

4 x early morning cleanup (3 hours each)

2 x RPIC 1 and 2 in the morning (5 hours and 4 hours)

8 x tent crew (1 hour each)

3 x guards in the morning (3 hours each)

2 x marshals in the morning (4 hours each)

2 x greeters in the morning (2.5 hours each)

1 – eidge liaison

1 – media

2 x RPIC 1 and 2 in the afternoon (5 hours and 4 hours)

8 x tent crew (1 hour each)

3 x guards in the afternoon (3 hours each)

2 x marshals in the afternoon (4 hours each)

2 x greeters in the afternoon (2.5 hours each)

3 x cleanup in the afternoon (3 hours each)

For a total of 133 volunteer hours every Sunday.

This does not include the 16 hours of time from the BST trained security guards.

So, the grand total number of human-hours it takes to put on the market has jumped to 149!

This is such an amazing example of achievement for the Downtown Eastside and we are so proud of the volunteers each and every week.

Financial Report

1) 50/50 Raffle:  $33.25

2) Tents/Tables: $112.85

3) Coffee/Pop Sales: $281.20

Total Revenue for the day: $427.30 (Huge all time record!!!)

Total spending for the week: $245.92

Petty Cash now = $840.26

Vendor/Market Summary

We counted 188 Vendors at noon. This was a great number. Hardly any incidents and good mood at the market the whole day.

Number of tents deployed = 24

Number of tables deployed = 13 x 5 foot tables, 12 x 10 foot tables, 42 x 4 foot tables

67 total tables deployed during our event.

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210th DTES Street Market in Vancouver – Happy Father’s Day!

June 16, 2014 Leave a comment

210th DTES Street Market and 24th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:
It was a strange summer day.

Rain throughout, and at some times a torrential downpour.

Despite this, we had good stretches during which the weather was bright and sunny, and the market did quite well. The rain kept the crowd down a little, and the volunteers did a great job cleaning the park during and after the market.

The unit block and sidewalks farther east cleared out quite nicely during market hours. Right after the market finished, most of the vendors returned to vend in front of the old, now vacant, United We Can building.

We received some great news over the past week.

The City of Vancouver will help us with a pilot project to increase our capacity and security at the market.

We will employ private security from a local firm, so that there will be a necessary intermediate means of escalation between the street market volunteers and the police. We will be able to ensure that vendors that are not residents of the DTES will not be allowed to vend at our market, and we will be able to better enforce our reasonable market rules (no stolen goods, no weapons, no perishable food items, etc…).

Included in the pilot project will be the ability to print vendor ID badges, and to increase the number of volunteers to patrol the perimeter of the market, and help vendors find places if the market is crowded.

An exciting aspect of the project will be a large Greenway Mural that will define the eastern edge of the market. Local artists and artist organizations will be invited to participate and paint the nearly 40 panels of the 200 foot long mural.

We will be contacting the Guinness book of world records to determine if this would be the longest removable mural in Canada or the World.

We had very few interactions with the VPD on this Sunday.


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Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard Cunningham have their photos taken by Ben Nelms of The Globe and Mail newspaper

June 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Roland Clarke, Jacek Lorek and Richard Cunningham of DTES Street Market have their photos taken by Ben Nelms, of The Globe and Mail Newspaper in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) 0 Cover of DTES Street Market with Ben Nelms of Globe and Mail newspaper



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