As part of its park board platform, the NPA is vowing to “restore relationships” with community centre associations across the city and double the number of outdoor swimming pools.
Mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe said today (October 28) that if elected, the NPA also intends to pass legislation to permanently protect the city’s parks and green spaces, and to create “defined service levels” for maintaining parks and gardens.
LaPointe contended that under Vision Vancouver, “the grass isn’t getting cut, our playing fields are falling apart and our trees are neglected. That’s bad management and we will change that.”
The NPA noted that the city currently has 33 gardeners for 230 parks.
The party is also vowing to restore $10.2 million in funding that was allocated for the redevelopment of the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre in the 2012 to 2014 capital plan.
According to Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Trevor Loke, the 2015-2018 capital plan includes $17 million for the redevelopment of the community centre.
He criticized the NPA for committing to building new swimming pools “when they don’t know where the locations are going to be, they don’t know what the costs are going to be.”
“When it comes to pools, we’ve said very clearly that we want to initiate the replacement of the pool at Britannia, and that’s got a very specific cost associated with it in terms of the $24 million that we’re allocating to the Britannia centre renewal plan,” Loke told the Straight by phone.
The NPA said today that Vancouver is “dramatically underserved” when it comes to outdoor pools. They are promising to consult with the community on where the new facilities should be located.