Vancouver Park Board
The Vancouver Park Board is an elected board with exclusive possession, jurisdiction and control over public parks in the City of Vancouver. Established by section 485 of the Vancouver Charter, the Park Board (also known as the Board of Parks and Recreation), is one of the only elected bodies of its kind in Canada. It has seven elected commissioners who are charged by the Vancouver Charter  with determining the policy direction of the Park Board. The board has a mandate to "provide, preserve and advocate… to benefit people, communities and the environment." Commissioners are elected every three years.
Vancouver Park Board members
- Constance Barnes, Vision Vancouver
- Sarah Blyth, Vision Vancouver
- John Coupar, Non-Partisan Association
- Melissa DeGenova, Non-Partisan Association
- Aaron Jasper, Vision Vancouver
- Trevor Loke, Vision Vancouver
- Niki Sharma, Vision Vancouver
In June 2009, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver city councilor Raymond Louie, both of whom are members of the Vision Vancouver party, were accused by Vancouver city councilor Suzanne Anton, a member of the opposition party, of attempting to destroy the independence of the park board by centralizing budget oversight. Aaron Jasper, a Vision Vancouver member of the park board, called on the city council to restore the decentralized budget control.
In September 2009 Susan Mundick, the general manager of the board, announced her retirement. Penny Ballem, the city manager of Vancouver hired by Mayor Robertson, stripped Mundick of all routine transitional duties. Ballem then stated she would help the park board choose Mundick's replacement, a selection process city hall traditionally had not been involved in. In response, Suzanne Anton urged Mayor Robertson and the city council to limit Ballem's control of the park board.
- Vancouver Charter, section 488.
- Vancouver Charter, section 485.
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- "Vancouver Charter". Queen's Printer (British Columbia). Retrieved 2009-09-04.
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- "NPA councilor says park board losing independence", CKNW, September 19, 2009.
- "Parks and Gardens".