The elitists have struck again. The Vancouver Park Board has blocked access to Stanley Park for tens of thousands of Vancouver-area residents … even if they are social-distancing.
The park is NOT closed: just RESTRICTED now … a terrible decision that would make Lord Stanley turn over in his grave!
Thanks to the law of unintended consequences … or maybe intended … the Park Board has decided to bar cars … all cars … de facto, turning Stanley Park into a West End residents’ exclusive enclave .
How can the Park Board possibly expect physically challenged people in walkers, wheelchairs, using canes or just unable to walk much more than a few hundred feet to now enjoy the park???
The Park Board vehicle ban discourages them from even trying.
What about the elderly? Why are they de-facto largely being kept away … just when the park is starting to bloom? When Stanley Park’s viewpoints are at their best?
Let’s keep it real: many of those who have enjoyed Stanley Park (until now) are simply incapable of walking, running or cycling the park and, with almost no nearby parking, even able to access areas/facilities close to the entrances.
And don’t tell me these people should just try to somehow make their way to the #19 bus that runs through the park! Ridiculous! Let’s keep it real!
What about families … many with small children? Why should they be denied driving through to see/enjoy Stanley Park … what’s better than a car for a family unit to practice social distancing from everyone else?
Surely, not even the elitists who run Vancouver’s parks expect those who want enjoy driving through the park, but live in Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, Vancouver South, Commercial Drive, Vancouver East or the Downtown Eastside (or Burnaby, Richmond, North Vancouver etc.) to take public transit for hour-long trips or more during these Covid-19 days to get there … and then board the #19 bus to drive through!!!
Apparently they do … or maybe they prefer they just stay away?
Turning Stanley Park into a private place for those who live close by. But paid for by ALL taxpayers.
Why shouldn’t disabled, elderly people be able to drive through Stanley Park? Enjoy the Totems? Brockton Point? Lumberman’s Arch? Prospect Point?
Just so cyclists can have the roadway to themselves?
Just so only those capable of walking several kilometres can visit the sites?
Just to keep out “lesser” beings?
Why not car-free certain days: why not car-free mornings; why not car-free weekends??? Oh, I forgot, that would involve fairness, compromise and accommodation of “the people” … not something that seems to appeal to the current Park Board.
Just no cars … at all!
What selfishness! What ageism! What an insult to the physically-challenged! What discrimination!
I suspect it’s MORE than a Covid-19 adjustment … I believe it’s the thin edge of yet another war against vehicles.
Don’t be surprised if the anti-car forces at the Park Board will within weeks declare the ban such a “success” that cars will be kept out of Stanley Park right through the Summer and Fall … until the rains return.
And to hell with the handicapped, the elderly, those from away and anyone else who has simply enjoyed driving through Stanley Park … alone or with their families.
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