Vancouver park board shelves plan to charge parking fees at Spanish Banks Beach

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      Parking at Spanish Banks Beach will remain free, at least for this year.

      The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation has dropped its plan to charge parking at the popular destination.

      The move comes following a tidal wave of opposition from the public.

      The original plan was to collect parking at $3.50 an hour starting April 1 to September 30 this year.

      An online petition against the scheme quickly generated thousands of signatures.

      The park board later modified the plan by shortening the pay parking period, starting from the May long weekend on May 21 to September 30.

      The change didn’t impress independent park commissioner Erin Shum, the only one who voted against the plan when it was approved by the board on November 14, 2017.

      “I don’t think it’s good enough,” Shum told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview Tuesday (February 20).

      A new statement by park board noted that seasonal pay parking at Spanish Banks will not be implemented in 2018.

      According to the statement Wednesday (March 28), “Staff have advised that for this year, the revenue from Spanish Banks parking is not required to balance the budget, so plans for the introduction of pay parking in four Spanish Banks lots are currently on hold.”

      As of mid-afternoon of the same day, the petition against pay parking has drawn almost 13,000 signatories.

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