COPE Park Commissioner Spencer Herbert thanks the residents of Vancouver for saying no to a proposal to build a privately-operated 150-foot concrete observation tower in Vancouver landmark, Queen Elizabeth Park.
"When I first heard about this private tower proposal, I knew Vancouverites would not support it," said Herbert. "Erecting a huge tower in a natural setting, and overshadowing the gardens that Queen Elizabeth Park is known for, and then charging people $10 to get a view of what they used to get for free, makes no sense to me. Thankfully tonight the NPA commissioners have finally agreed with Vancouver residents that this tower does not belong in one of Vancouver’s finest parks."
"This tower could not have been toppled without the ordinary people of Vancouver speaking out," said Herbert. "The NPA would not have reversed their position had it not been for the advocacy of many concerned Vancouverites who stood up for our parks."
Park Board surveys show that only 27 percent of those asked support a 150-foot observation tower.
"Approximately 70 per cent of those surveyed were opposed to the tower," said Herbert. "And about the same number want the Park Board to restore some mountain views that have been obscured by tree growth over the past few years. We must now look at options including doing a tree inventory to see what it would take to restore the views while minimizing environmental disruption."
"This NPA majority park board has brought other wacky and bizarre ideas including robotic dinosaurs in Stanley Park, and now this 150 foot concrete tower in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful natural spaces," said Herbert. "Both have been thoroughly rejected by the public, who were incredulous we were even considering them. I hope this board will listen to the public and recognize that we are a park board, and not an amusement park board."