Vancouver Park Board

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The Vancouver Park Board is an elected board with exclusive possession, jurisdiction and control over public parks in the City of Vancouver.[1] Established by section 485 of the Vancouver Charter, the Park Board (also known as the Board of Parks and Recreation),[2] is one of the only elected bodies of its kind in Canada.[3] It has seven elected commissioners who are charged by the Vancouver Charter [4] with determining the policy direction of the Park Board.[3] The board has a mandate to "provide, preserve and advocate… to benefit people, communities and the environment." Commissioners are elected every three years.[3]

Vancouver Park Board members[edit]

Independence[edit]

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.[5] Aaron Jasper, a Vision Vancouver member of the park board, called on the city council to restore the decentralized budget control.[5]

In September 2009 Susan Mundick, the general manager of the board, announced her retirement.[6] Penny Ballem, the city manager of Vancouver hired by Mayor Robertson, stripped Mundick of all routine transitional duties.[7] Ballem then stated she would help the park board choose Mundick's replacement, a selection process city hall traditionally had not been involved in.[8] In response, Suzanne Anton urged Mayor Robertson and the city council to limit Ballem's control of the park board.[8]

Parks[edit]

The Vancouver Park Board oversees more than 200 parks, including major attractions such as Stanley Park to local neighbourhood parks such as Falaise Park.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vancouver Charter, section 488.
  2. ^ Vancouver Charter, section 485.
  3. ^ a b c "Vancouver Park Board Commissioners", Vancouver City Website, Accessed September 4, 2009.
  4. ^ "Vancouver Charter". Queen's Printer (British Columbia). Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  5. ^ a b "Mayor Gregor Robertson blamed for park board cut", Georgia Straight, June 11, 2009.
  6. ^ "Outgoing park board manager proud of accomplishments", Vancouver Courier, September 18, 2009.
  7. ^ "Mundick stripped of duties", 24 Hours, September 18, 2009.
  8. ^ a b "NPA councilor says park board losing independence", CKNW, September 19, 2009.
  9. ^ "Parks and Gardens". 

See also[edit]

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation