Today Premier Christy Clark came through on one of her campaign promises. Parking will be free in B.C. parks. Great news for families and people that love to spend a day in one of the many national parks in B.C. Here is a snippet from the official press release.
Premier Christy Clark and Environment Minister Terry Lake launched BC Parks centennial celebrations today by announcing that parking will now be free in all provincial parks to encourage families to take advantage of our world-class parks system.
“The parking meters are coming out and parking will be free, effective immediately, so that British Columbia’s parks are even more welcoming for families,” said Premier Clark. “Our parks not only contribute to a healthy lifestyle and protect our environment, they are important to our economy. More park visitors mean more tourism dollars and more jobs for rural British Columbians and we want to eliminate any barriers to using the parks.”
The Province also announced a $500,000 Community Legacy Program to support communities while they celebrate the BC Parks centennial. The funding will be used to improve parks across the province. Community groups can apply for up to $20,000 for projects such as trail enhancements, improvements that support recreational activities or conservation of a park’s ecology or cultural history. These projects will provide a lasting commemoration of BC Parks 100.
Question is will this impact parking funding?
Furthermore, you will still have to pay to park at Stanley Park. Those bike lanes aren’t free you know.