Majority of Vancouver park and beach parking lots to reopen starting today

May 22 2020, 11:44 am

The majority of Vancouver’s park and beach parking lots will begin to reopen around the city today.

In a statement, the Vancouver Park Board said the reopening includes 7,000 stalls in beaches and parks in Vancouver and the roadways at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Parking lots in the city have been closed since March 23. The park board extended the closure earlier this month after staff “observed larger than normal groups” and crowds at destination parks and beaches.

The board says its decision to reopen lots comes after “careful planning and consideration” by staff.

“Parking at beaches and parks is also vital to ensure there is equity of access to these spaces, particularly for residents with mobility challenges,” said the board in a statement.

Visitors are reminded that pay parking and enforcement will be in effect at the pay lots and guests should keep a safe two-metre distance from others while exiting their vehicles.

Temporary parking lot closures remain in effect at Stanley Park and English Bay due to the vehicle closures in the park and along Beach Avenue.

Some lots will remain temporarily closed at select community centres and park sites for “operational reasons.”

The park board says it aims for beach and park lots in the city to be reopened by Sunday, May 24.