Submitted by Anita Romaniuk
#1 Restoration of DCL Funding for Parks & Recreation:
WHEREAS the City of Vancouver implemented major changes to Development Cost Levy (DCL) allocation at its meeting on July 26, 2017, with the goal of increasing funding for housing and child care; and
WHEREAS this otherwise laudable goal included the reduction of the share of DCL’s incurred by the Board of Parks & Recreation from 41% to 18%, with a review to take place prior to the 2023-2026 Capital Plan; and
WHEREAS DCL’s are a major sources of funding for new and expanded parks in Vancouver, which is undergoing rapid development and projected population growth, and the reduction of the DCL allocation to Parks and Recreation will limit the ability of the Park Board to provide adequate park space for the people living in an increasingly densified city; and
WHEREAS the Board of Parks and Recreation is currently undergoing a public consultation to provide an updated Masterplan for Parks and Recreation Services (VanPlay), and has passed a motion that the resulting Masterplan should inform the re-evaluation of DCL rates; and
WHEREAS the Board of Parks and Recreation has further requested staff to identify opportunities and reconcile Park Board interests in the Property Endowment Fund (PEF) and other non-park City-owned lands with City Staff to identify options and solutions for maintaining investment in park acquisition and development, and to also inform the re-evaluation of DC rates; and
WHEREAS the Board of Parks and Recreation in 2011 changed the definition of adequate park access from 1.2 hectare per 1000 population, to “access to green space with in a 5 minute walk”, without any specifications as to the adequacy of such green space to meet the needs of the population;
1. COPE Parks Commissioners will redefine the definition of adequate park availability to include both the distance travelled and the amount of green space available for the population;
2. COPE Parks Commissioners and Councillors will work together to ensure sources of capital funding for both park expansion and housing and childcare during the period of the next (2019-2022) Capital Plan;
3. COPE supports the Board of Parks and Recreation in its request for a review of the Park Board’s DCL allocation prior to the 2023-2026 Capital Plan;
4. COPE supports the Board of Parks and Recreation in its request for the results of the VanPlay Masterplan consultation to inform the re-evaluation of DCL rates;
5. COPE supports the Board of Parks and Recreation in its request to identify opportunities for park acquisition and development, and to reconcile Park Board interests in non-park City-owned lands, including those included in the PEF.
#2. Dealing with the Backlog of Recreation Infrastructure Replacement or Renovation:
WHEREAS the Vancouver Park Board of Parks and Recreation includes a long list of aging and inadequate infrastructure, such as community centres, pools, and rinks, much of which does not meet current seismic standards; and
WHEREAS many of these aging facilities have been waiting since at least 2001 to receive capital funding for renovation or replacement; and
WHEREAS no major Park Board infrastructure project has been completed since the Trout Lake Community Centre in 2011, with only the Killarney Seniors Centre finally proceeding to construction, the Marpole Community Centre apparently close to completing its planning stage, Britannia still in its initial planning stage, and the previously-promised replacement of Kensington’s community hall awaiting resolution of their Joint Operating Agreement; and
WHEREAS the current Vancouver City Council has been “stretching” its capital fund commitment to Parks and Recreation by funding individual projects such as Marpole and Britannia over two or more capital plan cycles, resulting in at least eight and potentially more than eight years to completion; and
WHEREAS the Park Board has embarked on both an Aquatic Services Strategy (VanSplash) and Parks and Recreation Masterplan (VanPlay), both of which will result in a demand for increases in community centre and recreation infrastructure to serve Vancouver’s growing population;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that COPE Parks Commissioners and Councillors will work together to address the shortage of capital funding for Parks and Recreation infrastructure, and to indentify means of accelerating the current rate of replacement or renovation.
3. Support for Neighbourhood Recreation Facilities:
WHEREAS the public consultation conducted by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation towards its new Aquatic Services Planning Strategy (VanSplash) proved to be woefully inadequate in ascertaining public support for local, neighbourhood-based recreation facilities; and
WHEREAS neighbourhood recreation facilities such as pools and rinks reduce barriers to use such as distance and lack of transport, as well as their ability to respond to local demand for programming; and
WHEREAS destination facilities such as Hillcrest also serve a need by providing enhanced activities, particularly for families, and the VanSplash consultation also indentified a need for facilities for competitive swimmers and divers;
1. COPE supports the retention of neighbourhood recreation facilities such as Templeton and Lord Byng pools, and the replacement of lost outdoor pools such as Marpole and Mount Pleasant;

2. COPE supports aquatic facilities providing “fun” activities for families with children, and facilities providing training for competitive swimmers and divers, with the understanding that these are not to be considered replacements for neighbourhood-based recreation facilities, and nor should any consolidation of recreation facilities result in the repurposing of land dedicated to Parks & Recreation for other uses.
4. Langara Golf Course, Land Use, and Public Consultation
WHEREAS City Council, in considering a Park Board request for allocation of Capital Funds from the 2015-2018 Capital Plan towards the improvement of drainage for the Langara Golf Course, passed an unprecedented motion to approach Park Board to consider alternate uses of the golf course land; and
WHEREAS the Council motion included specific and detailed uses for the Langara Golf Course land, such as the reduction of the golf course to nine holes, playing fields for the possible use by Langara College students and for the South Asian community for cricket and______, wetlands, and trails; and
WHEREAS even if the uses proposed by Council might be desirable to some residents of Vancouver, there has been absolutely no public consultation on whether these are the uses of the golf course land that the public prefers; and
WHEREAS the Langara Golf Course lands were originally purposed as a golf course by the CPR in 1926, and subsequently transferred to the Vancouver Park Board, which is given control of Parks and Recreation by the Vancouver Charter; and
WHEREAS a previous and highly unpopular suggestion by the current Mayor of Vancouver in 2012 that the Langara Golf Course might be reduced to nine holes in order to place housing on the land, has now revived suspicions that the City of Vancouver is using the repurposing of the golf course as a wedge to reintroduce the idea of housing on part of the land;
1. COPE demands that any suggestions for repurposing the use of the Langara Golf Course lands must not be undertaken without a full and comprehensive public consultation, including current stakeholders (the golfers and users of the perimeter pathway), the residents of the Langara area, and other interested residents of Vancouver;
2. COPE recognizes the responsibility of the Vancouver Park Board for Parks and Recreation, as defined in the Vancouver Charter, to conduct public consultation on Parks and Recreation issues;
3. COPE opposes the loss of any land dedicated to parks and recreation to other purposes such as housing.

5. Rerouting of Traffic from Demolition of Georgia Viaduct, and Impact on Community Gardens
WHEREAS the demolition of the Georgia Viaduct will result in a change of traffic patterns accessing Vancouver’s downtown from the east and south; and
WHEREAS, although the plan for NE False Creek provides some options for traffic flow through Strathcona, it has put off the decision for further study; and
WHEREAS at least one option would route the bulk of the traffic along Malkin Avenue, resulting in the loss of land on the south side of Strathcona Park, now used for Cottonwood Community Gardens, with a possible impact on Strathcona Community Gardens immediately to the west as well;
1. COPE reiterate its opposition, first expressed in 2012, to the loss of any land currently dedicated to either Cottonwood or Strathcona Community Gardens to the rerouting of Georgia Viaduct traffic;
2. COPE opposes any loss of park land in Strathcona, period, to accommodate traffic.