Vancouver Park Board to close parking lots at parks and beaches across the city

Mar 22 2020, 2:42 pm

On Sunday morning the Vancouver Park Board announced it would be closing all of its outdoor recreation facilities at the city’s beaches and public parks in a bid to encourage social distancing.

Now, the Park Board has released new restrictions for Vancouverites amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Effective immediately, the Vancouver Park Board is prohibiting parking at its most high-traffic parks and beaches across the city.

This includes Kitsilano Beach, English Bay, Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, and VanDusen Botanical Garden, among others.

The Park Board is closing the high priority lots first starting today, saying many closures will be in full effect the morning of March 23.

High priority closures like Kits Beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, English Bay, Jericho Beach, Locarno Beach, the Seawall, Stanley Park, and VanDusen Botanical Garden will be done first, and then lower priority sights will be tackled.

“The closures will remain in place indefinitely. The Park Board is looking to the public to comply with the parking lot closures beginning tomorrow morning, as staff work to implement barriers and additional signage throughout the day.”

This action is a result of “insufficient public compliance with social distancing protocol at many parks and beaches.”

While Vancouver’s beaches and parks remain open, the Park Board reminds residents that they are “strongly urged to visit during off-peak hours and to always maintain a safe distance from others of at least two metres.”

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