Reverse decision to charge for all parking on Granville Island

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Convince CMHC to reverse its decision to institute ‘pay parking’ throughout Granville Island by signing and sharing this petition. 

Granville Island was developed in the mid to late 70’s as a ‘people place’ where individuals and families could go for a fun outing. It had free (3 hour parking) for as long as I can remember (about 40 years). It is a place to take tourists who visit and a place to hang out with friends and family.  It has artist studios, craft stores, buskers throughout, boardwalks to access Kits beach or False Creek, festivals like the Fringe, Vancouver Children’s Festival, Vancouver Writers Festival, several restaurants, (some with views of the water where you can have relaxing bite to eat), not to mention an opportunity to pick up your favorite fresh foods at the public market. It has a water park, a playground, a kids market, bridges to hop across, ducks, turtles and geese to watch, a boat for children to pretend to ride, real boats and kayaks to rent and more,

The fact that parking is no longer free will discourage use of the Island by local people and will harm businesses. Granville Island is not an easy place to access by transit and people challenged with mobility issues rely on being able to access Granville Island by car. 

I have spoken to friends and associates who are boycotting the Island, business owners who are nervous about the impact this will have on their customers and to artists and arts organizers who have had been hearing complaints from patrons who are incensed about this change.

Here is what was passed on May 22, 2019.

In the summer of 2019, visitors to the popular destination will have to pay to park in all public parking stalls from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will still be free parking before 11 a.m. and then after 6 p.m. During the winter season from Oct. 1 to April 30, visitors will pay $2 an hour. During the summer season from May 1 to Sept. 30, visitors will pay $3 an hour between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Let’s get this decision reversed!