Parks and recreation are key to the health and vitality of our city. We want everyone to have access to facilities and programs. That means removing financial barriers, starting by reducing fees for all and eliminating them for children. It also mean increasing access by restoring pools and parks across the city, and expanding programs.
The Parks We Need
Barrier-free parks and rec: Reduce fees for pools, rinks, and Park Board-operated fitness centres, immediately restore free services and programs for kids under 5
Swimming pools for all: Replace and retain neighbourhood indoor and outdoor pools, and improve equity and access to swimming lessons and aquafit across the city.
More parks: Protect park land from encroachment from other uses, especially by developers, commercialization, traffic routes, and Hydro substations
Reconciliation with substance: Expand meaningful consultation with First Nations and urban Indigenous communities regarding decolonization of parks, and properly fund new Indigenous-centred infrastructure and programming
Democracy: Keep an elected Park Board and oppose any move to replace the Community Centre Associations by public-private partnerships
Animals in captivity: Maintain ban on keeping cetaceans in captivity in Stanley Park
Safe, clean and accessible public bathrooms: In all parks and community centres