Vancouver launches mobile city hall program

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      Vancouver is launching a new program aimed at providing easier access to city services.

      The “pop-up“ city hall program, which will be offered at 11 locations in South and East Vancouver over the coming weeks, will allow Vancouver residents to pick up recycling boxes, get access to information about city programs, and register to vote in the November election.

      Mayor Gregor Robertson announced the program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House today (May 8).

      "People have busy lives, and it's not always convenient to stop by City Hall during the work week,” he said in a news release.

      The initiative stems from a recommendation from the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force.

      As part of the pilot project, city staff will be set up at locations and events including Grandview Park on May 22, Car Free Day on Main Street on June 15, the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market on June 21, and several community centres around the city.

      Services available as part of the project will include information about recreation programs, current public consultations, and registration for emergency planning courses.

      A full list of locations is available on the city’s website.