VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Green Party of Vancouver has released their park board platform, ‘A brighter future for our parks’, for the 2018 municipal election.
Greens feel it a deep privilege to live in such a beautiful and diverse place, and to call Vancouver our home. We understand that with such privilege comes great responsibility. New pressures are acting on our parks and recreation system, and in ways we haven’t seen before. Our city is changing rapidly. Just as we must celebrate, enjoy, and honour what we have built over time, we must also work together to grow, evolve, and adapt to the unique challenges of our time.
Green Park Commissioners will continue to bring vitality and innovation to our parks and recreation system. They are committed to greater sustainability, equity, and innovation. They will work to ensure Vancouver remains a leader in personal, social, ecological, and economic health.
Highlights of the Green Party park board platform include:
- Revising the current “no net loss” policy to a “net positive” formula to expand green space.
- Developing a comprehensive program to sustainably manage dog waste.
- Implementing standards for salmon-safe streams.
- Fulfilling the Board of Parks and Recreation’s commitment to undertake a colonial audit as part of prioritizing the reconciliation process with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
- Initiating a pilot project to allow limited alcohol consumption at select beaches and parks.
- Advocating for a network of clean, accessible public washrooms.
Dave Demers, horticulturist and candidate for park board, “Parks are the playground of our urban lives, and should be designed to answer our modern needs. Once elected I will push to modernize our parks and policies. I would make it my number one priority that we all have a fair and easy access to nature.”
Camil Dumont, horticulturist, urban farmer and candidate for park board, “I have over a decade's experience as a worker in the park board. What that's done is allow me to understand the system from a worker's perspective, from the bottom up. I feel like having practical knowledge and practical experience in the field is particularly important for people that are setting policy.”
Stuart Mackinnon, current park board chair and incumbent park board commissioner, “The need and the desire for more parks and green spaces will continue to increase as Vancouver densifies. To ensure a healthy city our citizens need vibrant public spaces. I look forward to continuing the important work with a focus on access, preservation, reconciliation and conservation of our parks and green spaces.”
Alex Brunke, Press Secretary
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