VANCOUVER – NPA Mayoral Candidate Ken Sim, along with the NPA team of Park Board candidates, have released Safe, Clean Parks for Families and Seniors; a plan to clean up Vancouver’s Parks and invest in the long-term health of our Parks and Recreation Facilities.
The NPA plan was released this morning at Andy Livingstone Park which also serves as a playground for students at Crosstown Elementary School. According to the latest figures by Vancouver Coastal Health, 350 used needles are picked up at this park location every month.
“Not everybody has a front yard. Not everybody has a back yard. But everybody, no matter where they live or how much money they make, should feel welcome in our City’s parks and public spaces,” said Ken Sim. “Getting needles off the ground so that families can be safe is the top priority in our parks platform.”
NPA Park Board Commissioner John Coupar, who was first elected to the Park Board in 2011 and is seeking his third term on the Park Board, spoke to the details of the plan which includes an expansion of the Park Ranger program. Park Rangers are generally off duty after 8:00 p.m. The NPA plan calls for extending the hours year round that Park Rangers work to make the program more effective.
“Vancouver’s Park Rangers help our citizens feel safe when using our parks and help connect some of our most vulnerable residents with the services they need,” said Coupar. “We’ve seen 10 years of neglect of parks by Vision Vancouver. They’ve failed residents and visitors to our cherished park system. Ken Sim and the NPA team is the change Vancouver needs.”
The NPA park plan also calls for:
- Faster collection of litter
- Establishing a Response Plan for the most vulnerable, to guide Park Rangers in the performance of their duties
- Better lighting and signage in parks, especially where a park is also used by a school and needs to be a safe space for school children and school staff
- And additional measures to ensure the long-term health of our Parks and Recreation facilities.
Full bios of the NPA Park Board team are available at https://npavancouver.ca/candidates.
The full Parks plan, entitled Safe, Clean Parks for Families and Seniors, is available at http://npavancouver.ca/parks-plan