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197th DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sun Mar 16, 2014

197th DTES Street Market and 11th Street Market of 2014

Roland Clarke, Coordinator of the DTES Street Market says:The 197th Street Market at Pigeon Park on Sunday

Our 200th market day celebration will take place in only three more Sunday’s!!!

Light rain throughout the day, but not enough to chase away the vendors and the buyers.

Once again, we had access to power at Pigeon Park, and we had 10-12 people come and test their items throughout the day.

We also had two porta potties again at the park, and about 114 people used our bathrooms between 10am and 4pm.

We are beginning the conversation of how to improve operations if given just a little more money. If we had just two more people in the morning, a more extensive fence system could be set up that would control the area in terms of ingress and egress.

There are only 5 entrances and exits to the park at present. Our goal would be to put up enough fencing so that these areas are only 5-10 feet wide at the most. Then, guards could be posted at the five points and given clickers to count the people coming in and out. If someone was coming in with a large backpack or a shopping cart, they could be stopped and other volunteers could help them find a spot. This could serve as the beginning of a vendor check in system, and could improve the order of the market quite a bit.

In order to do this, we would need 2 more positions in the morning, paid $10 each, and then two shifts of 5 sentry positions paid a little more than the normal guards, at $15 each. This would total $170 of additional funds to pull this off. Over a year, this would amount to an additional $8,000 or so.

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