“ Marty Zlotnik can’t see the forest for the tees,” said COPE Vancouver Park Commissioner Loretta Woodcock.
Woodcock was referring to NPA Park Commissioner Zlotnik’s proposal to trade public park land in the Pacific Spirit Park to keep the existing status of the privately owned University Golf Course. Zlotnick proposed the land swap after reports that land claims negotiations may give control of the tony Point Grey golf course to the Musqueam First Nations.
Woodcock and COPE Commissioner Spencer Herbert will submit a motion to the next meeting of the Vancouver Park Board on September 17 asking the Board to adopt a position to protect and preserve Pacific Spirit Park, and have the City of Vancouver send that same message to Metro Vancouver’s Park Committee.
Formerly the GVRD Park Committee, the Metro Vancouver Park Committee is made up of elected representatives from member municipalities, and oversees regional parks including Pacific Spirit Park in the University Endowment Lands. Vancouver’s representative on the Metro Park Committee is NPA Cllr Elizabeth Ball.
“Following recent public proposals by Commissioner Zlotnik to offer up part of Pacific Spirit Park as part of the UBC golf course negotiations, I have been inundated with emails and calls from Vancouver residents asking why the Vancouver Park Board is not opposing the giveaway of public park land situated along its borders,” said Woodcock.
“Pacific Spirit is a cherished part of the public park system in Vancouver and throughout Metro Vancouver. It should not be used as a bargaining chip by Zlotnik or anyone else.”
Woodcock, a former board member of the Pacific Spirit Park Society, has long been concerned about preserving the ecological integrity of urban park and greenspace.