Bathtub racing in English Bay next summer up for vote by Vancouver park board

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      Vancouver may have its own bathtub race circuit next summer.

      Organizers of an annual sports and healthy living festival at Kitsilano Beach have suggested the inclusion of bathtub racing in the line-up of activities.

      Races involving boats with a tub shaped after a bathtub started in Nanaimo in 1967.

      Until 1996, the Nanaimo race crossed the Strait of Georgia and finished at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver.

      The proposal to hold a bathtub racing circuit in English Bay at the north end of Kitsilano Beach next summer will be voted on by the Vancouver board of parks and recreation Monday (November 20).

      Parks commissioner Sarah Kirby-Yung seems to like the idea.

      “It’s a bit unique in terms of the concept,” Kirby-Yung told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview.

      Proposed to be held on August 11, 2018, Kirby-Yung noted that the race should be happening in nice weather.

      “I imagine it will draw a lot of people,” the commissioner said.

      According to a park board staff report, Canada One Foundation, which organizes the annual KitsFest event, proposed the inclusion of bathtub racing.

      Staff noted in the report that the group will be working with the Loyal Nanaimo Bathtub Society and the Pitblado Group in the activity.

      Without saying how she will vote pending staff presentation on November 20, Kirby-Yung said: “In general, I support bringing a lot of new and fun events to our parks, because I think it’s great to get people out.”