Vancouver’s Stanley Park will be closed to the public through Saturday night and Sunday morning, as the city battens down the hatches against the impending storm.
The Vancouver Park Board will close the park at 8 pm on Saturday as a precautionary measure, due to expected storm winds up to 70-90 km/hr with gusts up to 100+ km/hr.
In a release, the board says it expects the peak winds to occur between 8 pm and midnight on Saturday, before tapering off on Sunday morning.
‘Park closed’ signs and barricades on roads into the park and on the seawall will be erected; anyone in the park will be asked to leave as quickly and as safely as possible.
“Residents are cautioned to avoid heavily wooded parks and green spaces where tree limbs can fail in high winds,” said the Park Board release. “People should also take extra precautions when venturing onto the seawall during a storm.”
The Stanley Park Causeway will remain open to traffic. The park itself will be reopened once Park Board staff have had a chance to assess and clear any damage on Sunday.