Pair of proposals bringing Spanish Banks parking fees back in consideration

Just weeks after shelving a plan to charge for parking at Spanish Banks, Vancouver’s park board is once again taking a look at applying fees to the city’s lone remaining free beachside lots.

A pair of proposals are on the agenda at Monday night’s meeting: one to look at city-wide parking passes, another to look at creating a first-two-hours-free system.

Vision Vancouver commissioner Catherine Evans is proposing the pass system while the NPA’s Casey Crawford is proposing brining in the previously shelved system but with a two-hours-free modification.

Evans’s proposal would call on park board staff to look at the feasibility of creating “a program of flat rate parking permits, including one-day permits to enable Vancouver residents, including low income residents, to park in either some or all Park Board paid parking areas for a reduced rate beginning in the spring/summer of 2018.” (PDF link)

In her proposal, she mentions that some Vancouver residents have told her that rising parking fees have become a barrier against them visiting some of the city’s park board-run facilities.

Crawford’s proposal, on the other hand, wouldn’t go into place right away, because of acknowledged technical challenges: “until such a time that the Park Board has the technical ability to institute the policy…new parking regulations are not to take effect at Spanish Banks Beach Park.” (PDF link)

His system would put in place the one-year pilot that was shelved last month which was to come into force this summer, but offer two hours of free parking before requiring users to pay for further time. Park board staff have said the current payment technology in place wouldn’t allow for such an option.

Both commissioners cite in their proposals how critical user fees have become to funding the operation of the city’s parks, beaches and recreation facilities and a desire …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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