An NPA Park Board majority was sworn into office last night at the Board’s inaugural meeting held at VanDusen Botanical Garden. NPA Commissioner John Coupar is joined on the Park Board by the NPA’s Casey Crawford, Sarah Kirby-Yung and Erin Shum.
At the meeting, Coupar was acclaimed Chair of the Park Board and Kirby-Yung was acclaimed Vice Chair.
Also joining the new Park Board are Stuart Mackinnon and Michael Wiebe from the Green Party and Catherine Evans from Vision Vancouver.
As Chair, Coupar congratulated all of the board members on their election and thanked the outgoing Commissioners for their commitment and the work they have done on behalf of parks and recreation in Vancouver.
Among the key priorities and commitments of the new board, Coupar noted the significance of VanDusen as the venue for the inaugural Park Board meeting — a break in the tradition of having the inaugural meeting at the Park Board office.
It was done, Coupar said, to indicate the high priority and passion the new board has for gardens and horticulture and as a first step in a plan to move a number of Park Board meetings out into the neighbourhoods of Vancouver to increase public access to the board.