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

Cliff Relph (Independent): “My third priority is ‘Involve Community groups’, so I believe it’s pretty clear what direction I’m leaning in. :).”

Gwen Giesbrecht (COPE): “I believe strongly that neighbourhoods and community groups play a strong role in the stewardship of public spaces and amenities. I also believe that there should be equity in the stewardship. Some communities may require extra support to achieve the capacity to provide stewardship.”

Rick Hurlbut (Pro Vancouver): “We have the same challenge as any government, of balancing the needs of residents against the obligations to organized labour. Not only are citizens passionate about our parks, and want to preserve and enhance them; as the city densifies, as fewer residents have backyards, the need will be ever greater to given people the opportunity to interact with nature and get their hands in the dirt. I believe in the grassroots right to contribute to community by becoming involved, not to be passive consumers of what Park Board decides to deliver. There can be a balance between labour and volunteering, so long as we all enter into discussions respecting one another.”

Dave Demers (Green Party): “I see the community play an important role in the stewardship of park spaces and facilities. The community is the main reason such facilities exist and must therefore be at the centre of it all.”

Stuart Mackinnon (Green Party): “The community must play an important role in the stewardship of park spaces and facilities as park partners. The community is the reason such facilities exist and must therefore be at the centre of it all. Local input creates the feeling of local stewardship. Regular users become the ‘eyes & ears’ reporting deficiencies and needed improvements. Neighbourhood groups can bring a sense of community that can be lost in a big city. The stronger the partnership, the greater the sense of ownership and community.”

Mathew Kagis (Work Less Party): “A significant role. Neighborhood people and associations know what their community needs.”

John Coupar (NPA): “Local input and involvement is critical that is why I am a strong supporter of our Community Associations ,Van Dusen Botanical Gardens Association and many more associations and groups that tie us to the neighborhoods we serve.”

Ann-Marie Copping (NPA): “Community involvement is paramount to creating amazing spaces and programs for everyone to enjoy. I am a huge advocate of volunteer community groups and see the benefits to creating community around involvement. People care about the things they love and when asked to be involved in the solution, my experience is that people are more than happy to participate.”

Casey Crawford (NPA): “Community groups and neighbours to park spaces and facilities should play a significant role in on-going stewardship. This has always been the basis of the Community Centre Association (CCA) and I will continue to support this model. The local community provides great insight into the unique interests of the neighbourhood, and the needs and wants to help create vibrant communities. I’m certain there are further opportunities to expand on these stewardship ideas to involve the local parks and garden spaces more effectively.”

Leo Heba (YES Vancouver): “Community groups are extremely important, as they are able to provide the PB with information on the local community’s needs and wants. Each community is different, and we have many diverse neighbourhoods in Vancouver, as such Community Associations play an important part in addressing those needs. PB Commissioners and staff need to work with and listen to CCAs to ensure the needs are met for the people they represent.”

Chris Fuoco (Vancouver First): “I Believe Community/Neighbourhood Associations should be involved in community centres. Role No. 1 – Local Amenity Provision; Role No. 2 – Local Planning Advisor; Role No. 3 – Neighbourhood Advocate. Roles from the Calgary Neighbourhood Associations Review. When is the last time the City or Parks Board folk reached out for meaningful input.”

Tricia Barker (NPA): “Community groups, neighbourhoods and associations play a paramount role in our parks. We should welcome people to take an active interest since they know best about their own local park.”

Gregory Edgelow (Pro Vancouver):

  • “Our neighborhoods and Community centre associations are the pulse and lifeblood of our unique regions and areas of the city.
  • We cannot underestimate nor undervalue their importance to understanding the needs of the community, the people and the overall population.
  • Accountability and good stewardships starts at the local level, holding each other accountable and creating roles and responsibilities.
  • To remove this level of accountability, responsibility and knowledge base would not only unfair and unwise, but a bad decision as these groups are our past our current and our future.
  • Decentralization”

Pall Beelsa (NPA): “Community Associations are essential for Community centres in order to tailor programs for the neighbourhood. Community Centre associations best understand the demographic that they serve because they typically live in the immediate community.”

Camil Dumont (Green Party): “Park, facility and Community Centre users, in addition to Parks workers, are the true experts in many cases. I think community groups should be a vital partner in the creation, management and implementation of policy. They are a wealth of knowledge and an incredible resource. There should me open, transparent communication and collaboration between PB and community groups. That should be the norm, not the exception.”

Ray En-Jui Chang (Coalition Vancouver): “A large role. What better group of people to address the needs of the community than the community itself? We will preserve the association at community centres and hold community committees for all our large planning and renovations. A prime example of failure to consult the community is Hillcrest Centre construction. No offices for association members. No seniors area. uncomfortable chairs for patrons. Many of these would’ve been addressed if the community was involved in the planning.”

Winnie Siu (Coalition Vancouver): “Coalition Vancouver believes in Neighbourhood first and Community engagement and involvement hence, Park Board needs to work with the community in collaborative manner.”




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