On Tuesday evening, I met with some people from the Skateboard Coalition. When I was part of the COPE majority on Park Board from 2002 to 2005, we developed and approved a Skateboard Strategy to increase the number of skateboard parks in Vancouver. We also approved $375,000 in the 2006-2008 Capital Plan for a new skateboard park. This money has never been spent and while several sites have been suggested, the Park Board has not yet identified a suitable site. The 2009-2001 Capital Plan that was approved by the current NPA-majority board does not include any further money for either Skateboard or BMX facilities.
COPE will get the Skateboard Strategy back on track, making site selection for both skateboarding and BMX biking a priority, and searching out possible sources of funding in addition to the $375,000 in the 2006-08 Capital Plan that is already committed.