Canada Special park board meeting on whether to immediately reopen Stanley Park to cars

05:05  18 june  2020
05:05  18 june  2020 Source:   vancouversun.com

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VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Park Board commissioner John Coupar supported the closure of Stanley Park to Parks department staff have reportedly been working on reopening plans that would include reducing vehicle lanes There is one advocate for keeping cars out of Stanley Park permanently.

At 1001 acres, Stanley Park , located immediately north of downtown Vancouver, is one of the world's largest urban parks . Attracting more than 8 million visitors every year it's rated Largely surrounded by seawater, Stanley Park is famous for its 8 km seawall which you can walk, cycle or rollerblade around.

a man standing next to a tree: A man walks along the path around Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park on a beautiful sunny morning. © Jon Murray A man walks along the path around Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park on a beautiful sunny morning.

Both sides on the issue of whether Stanley Park should reopen to the way it was want to press pause, but they mean vastly different things by that.

If the park is to permanently reduce car traffic, and parking spots, once it does reopen to vehicles, it should be a careful and thought-out process after much consultation, park board commissioner John Coupar says. In the meantime, Stanley Park should be reopened immediately to the state it was pre-pandemic.

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Park roads will be designated for cyclists, allowing for walkers and joggers to safely use the seawall. Nadia Stewart reports. To help ensure social distancing, the Vancouver Park Board is closing Stanley Park to vehicle traffic, with the exception of the viaduct.

But wait, what’s the hurry to do that before it’s safe to do so?, counters fellow commissioner and park board chairman Camil Dumont.

Coupar’s fellow NPA commissioner, Tricia Barker, joins him in wanting an immediate reopening; Dumont, his two fellow Green commissioners, and the two COPE commissioners, want to wait and examine whether car traffic on Park Drive should be restricted to one lane to make room for cyclists.

The matter appears before a special (virtual) park board meeting Thursday night, called by the NPA commissioners.

“Seniors and people with disabilities are just not able to take advantage of the park,” Coupar said. “It’s a 1,000-acre park, there’s a lot of room for social distancing in the park, it’s an ideal place for families to go and have a picnic over Father’s Day weekend … but right now only cyclists and people who can walk in (have access).”

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Park roads will be designated for cyclists, allowing for walkers and joggers to safely use the seawall. Nadia Stewart reports. To help ensure social distancing, the Vancouver Park Board is closing Stanley Park to vehicle traffic, with the exception of the viaduct.

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He is not anti-bike, he said.

“This to me is about consultation. The logical thing to do is to open it up just the way it was. If you are going to make changes in the future take your time, talk to everybody, make it public.

“We have more consultations on a playground in the park than on this.”

All seven commissioners voted in favour of shutting down the park to car traffic on April 8 and banned bicycles from the seawall at the same time, while allowing cyclists on car-free Park Drive.

Cramming cyclists and pedestrians back onto the seawall is still not safe, Dumont said, and it would be unacceptable and inappropriate to do so at this point.

“We need to get cars back in there, but it doesn’t make sense to me to get the cars back in there even on a temporary basis in a way that will put cyclists back on the seawall and make that a much more crowded space,” he said.

“I’ll ask the same question: What’s the rush to get it back to the way it was before, in that we’re in this new paradigm of COVID safety?”

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A petition to have the park reopened to its pre-COVID state had 11,000 signatures by Wednesday evening.

The Capilano Group, which owns Prospect Point and the Pavilion, recently spent upwards of $5 million to make substantial upgrades. Along with The Teahouse, they remain shuttered.

“The park board, it seems with this closure, is kicking these longtime partners of ours while they’re down,” said Coupar. “They expected when things were safe the park would be open.”

Dumont said he’s concerned about all the partners the park board has in Stanley Park.

“My day job is growing food and I sell most of my food to chefs and restaurants,” he said. “This sucks from a restaurant’s perspective. I totally get it having no cars in the park, that’s a huge hit.”

And it’s why, he said, having vehicles return to the park at some point makes sense.

“But from there to saying it needs to be exactly the way it was pre-COVID, I think there’s a real big gap there,” Dumont said.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, meanwhile, on Tuesday gave her implicit backing to the five members of the park board who don’t necessarily want to go back to the way it was.

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“I actually think it’s a really good thing, not just for the pandemic, but it encourages active transportation, getting people out there moving,” she said. “Some of the things that have affected us most over the last few months have been that inability to get out and to experience things. So this is a way for more people to be able to use the park safely.

“And I would be in favour, personally, of keeping it that way.”

But that’s her personal opinion, Coupar said, “not a medical opinion. It’s not like she said there’s a health issue.”



Keep Stanley Park open for all petition

There is a petition, called Keep Stanley Park open for all, that as of mid-afternoon Wednesday had 11,000 signatures.

It reads in part: “Changes to access could mean that the able-bodied would be better served at the expense of anyone who can neither bike to the park or walk the considerable distance to popular destinations within the park. Why?

“Many families come to the pool and Third Beach laden with items which would be very difficult to bring by transit. Impossible? Maybe not, but these are all barriers for families and anyone who is not as able-bodied as cyclists.”

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