The Vancouver Park Board has announced the reopening of SOME of its parking lots … including handicapped and regular stalls at SOME of the waterfront parks and beaches and in Queen Elizabeth Park.
The move will restore access to 7,000 parking stalls … including handicapped spaces … at Park Board managed properties in Vancouver.
But the parks/beaches/seawall in the West End and English Bay will remain a de-facto private enclave: parking lots there will remain blocked. In addition, the parking lots and the roads in and around Stanley Park will also all remain closed to vehicles … 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What is it with these COPE/Green elitists on the Park Board!
Taxpayers from ALL OVER Vancouver, not just the West End, pay huge taxes … millions and millions of of dollars each year … to develop, beautify, maintain Stanley Park, English Bay and all the attractions, seawall, trails, beaches in the area.
Why should they STILL be kept at bay (literally) and denied access to Stanley Park or even forbidden from parking and walking at First, Second, Third or Sunset Beach ????
Why should they …. especially the handicapped and elderly … STILL be barred 24/7 from driving through to the Totem Polls, the Nine O’Clock gun, Brockton Point, Lumberman’s Arch ????
Hasn’t anybody at the Park Board noticed that the provincial health officer has moved us into Phase Two and BC is reopening … safely and with self distancing … but reopening. Even provincial parks are reopening … and I suspect almost everyone enjoying those will get there in a vehicle!
Lucky the anti-car extremists at the Vancouver Park Board have no jurisdiction there!
Why is Stanley Park still closed to cars 24/7? Still CLOSED to most taxpayers! Ridiculous. Divisive. Intolerant! Maybe even breaching contracts!
The Park Board MUST allow public access to all in Stanley Park … or I predict it will face a couple of very expensive lawsuits.
With restaurants re-opening now, the anti-car crowd had better stop barring/hindering/discouraging access to the privately-run Prospect Point Cafe or The Tearoom Restaurant inside Stanley Park. They both no doubt represent major investments and expensive leases by companies that could see the Park Board barricades as impediments to their businesses, to put it mildly.
The opening of several parking lots/stalls is a start … but it’s time for the Park Board to open ALL their sites, ALL their operations, and, yes, ALL their roads and parking lots to everyone … practicing self distancing, of course.
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