VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A fundraiser for the Bloedel Conservatory has given supporters of the facility a glimmer of hope. 

Park Board Commissioner Ian Roberston calls this weekend’s fundraiser was a success. “There has been in excess of $50,000 raised with the sold out event and silent auction. Certainly all the credit goes to the The Friends of Bloedel, the group that’s come together to organize this.”

Roberston is confident the building can remain open.  “I’m very hopeful that this can continue in public hands and all we need is Mayor Gregor Roberston to say we are going to keep it open and going to keep it in public hands.”

The Vancouver Park Board’s decision to close it has been met with serious opposition from many, namely the non-profit group The Friends of Bloedel.  The organization aims to raise $250,000 by March 1st, the date upon which the facility is set to close. The Bloedel Conservatory opened in 1969.