Advocacy, education and outreach in support of Vancouver's public spaces

Top 3 priorities (City of Vancouver Candidate Form)

  1. Community Involvement
  2. Safe & Clean Parks Plan
  3. Free Parking & Lower Fees

Platform (City of Vancouver Candidate Form)

“I with my Coalition Vancouver team will focus on strengthening Community involvement in Community Centres by valuing volunteerism. Implement a Clean Parks Plan and will double cleaning crews to address needles and garbage. Increase accessibility by decreasing prices. Restore free parking and lower facility fees. Restore financial accountability to the Parks Board. Take a Common-Sense approach that is 100% for the People.”

1. What is your favourite park or park board facility in Vancouver, and why?

Queen Elizabeth Park is my favourite park as it is not only a beautiful free botanical garden but it also offers many community amenities such as tennis courts, dog park, lawn bowling and pitch and putt.

2. We’ll be sharing the top three priorities that you provided the City of Vancouver, but we want to know: which one of your three priorities are you most passionate about, and why?

Cleaning up the parks is a top priority and making them safe for children and families.

3. Vancouver is a growing city! What are your ideas for ensuring that the city’s parks and recreation facilities can respond to the needs of an increasing and diversifying population?

We believe in strong community centres which are important community hubs that encourage activities that caters to the neighbourhood and diversifying population.

4. Given the high cost of land in the city, what suggestions do you have for how the Park Board should approach the creation of new park spaces?

Great question. Parks are important for both physical and mental health and as such should be planned into communities as they are developed and grow.

Careful study and understanding should go into developing acceptable ratios of human density and park space to ensure that everyone has reasonable access to park space. The land itself can be acquired through development costs.

5. What, if any, role do you see the Park Board playing in responding to critical social issues such as homelessness, the opioid epidemic, and social isolation?

We believe in strong community centres which are important community hubs that encourage activity, interaction and mental health. This can go a long way to addressing these issues.

We will additionally be increasing the sanitation departments of the Parks Board as we seek to make our parks cleaner and safer for everyone.

This increased activity will increase the likelihood anyone using our parks for purposes outside their intended purpose are in contact with authorities – and can then get the help they need.

6. In the past few years, the Park Board has taken steps to acknowledge First Nations cultures and the impacts of colonization on local Indigenous communities. Would you continue this work? If yes, how?

Parks are for everyone’s use and our goal is to decrease barriers and increase access to our parks for the general public. This is why we are aiming to eliminate paid parking and to lower facility fees.

Parks and Community Centres are not to be politicized or used to favour one group in society over another.

7. How can Vancouver’s parks and recreation facilities best respond to the challenges posed by climate change?

This will be largely determined by how things change over time. We should also engage ecology expert to determine best course of actions.

8. What, if any, role do you think privately owned companies should play in the management, operation, or naming/branding of Park board facilities?

Very little to none. Parks are not a place for commercial activity.

9. What, if any, role do you feel that neighbourhoods or community groups should play in the stewardship of park spaces and facilities?

Coalition Vancouver believes in Neighbourhood first and Community engagement and involvement hence, Park Board needs to work with the community in collaborative manner.

10. Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or your platform?

Our Platform: 1) Clean Parks Plan

  • We will be doubling cleaning crews in our parks to ensure that they are free of needles, overflowing garbage cans and graffiti. We will restore our parks.
  • We want to restore the pride in our City Parks again. We have over 350 Parks and we want residents to be proud of each of them. They are for the taxpayers who pay for them
  • Make parks safer for children, families and individuals

2) Increase Accessibility by Decreasing Prices. Restore Free Parking in Vancouver Parks again and Lower Facility Fees

  • Restore universal free parking in all Vancouver Parks – Including Stanley Park, Jericho and Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Immediate 30% cut in entrance prices to all Vancouver Parks Board facilities This includes access to the Gym, Swimming, Skating, Golf Courses, VanDusen, the Stanley Park Train etc

3) Strengthen Community Involvement in Community Centres

  • We will repeal the Sunset Clause in regard to the JOA
  • Volunteerism should have no end
  • We believe in the uniqueness of each of our community centers. Each should reflect the communities they serve
  • Create closer relationships with local schools to increase facility use.

4) Restore Financial Accountability and Transparency to the Parks Board

  • There has not been an annual review of the budget in years. We will mandate an annual budget be prepared and released to the public. The public have a right to see where their tax dollars go.
  • We need a review of salaries and job descriptions.

5) Improve Our Parks

  • We will study select locations, consult with local communities with a goal to offer beer and wine gardens in controlled areas near concessions
  • We will inventory park facilities by region, looking at the number of dog friendly areas and tennis courts, skate board terrain features etc
  • We will then look to ensure each region has an adequate number of each based upon population

Also as a dog parent, I would like to increase the number of dog friendly parks (either fenced or non fenced) in areas where dog parks are lacking.

 

More information:

City of Vancouver Park Board Candidates webpage