No destination pool at Connaught Park without community approval
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The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation is considering a proposal to build a destination megapool in Kitsilano's Connaught Park. The pool will have a sport training and swim competition focus as part of a city-wide overhaul of Vancouver swim facilities under the 25-year VanSplash plan.
Pool construction proposes including an underground pay parking lot to accommodate more vehicle traffic plus the reconstruction of the ice rink and/or Kitsilano Community Centre. Increased daily traffic from early morning until evening will have irreversible impact on the neighbourhood, its streets and residents.
We the undersigned ask that the Park Board engage in thorough and transparent public consultation in the Kitsilano neighbourhood regarding facility changes in Connaught Park as part of the VanSplash Plan.
We ask the Park Board Commissioners to not approve the construction of a destination pool with a sport-training focus as part of a community centre and/or rink renewal at Connaught Park without clear approval from residents and key stakeholders. (*IMPORTANT UPDATE about the creation of city-wide external advisory committee.)
More information: www.kitscommunity.com
*UPDATE: On April 5, 2018, the Park Board unexpectedly announced that it "will invite an external advisory committee to assist in developing a revised version of VanSplash, the Board’s long-term aquatics strategy for Vancouver."
It is still very important to sign the petition as this process is not the same as consultation with the Kits community, and if the megapool plan is retained, there must be consultation here in Kits.
"The advisory committee will represent residents from across the city and include stakeholders from key aquatic areas including recreation, skill development, fitness, sport, and therapy."
"There will be an open call for swimmers and stakeholders to apply to join the advisory committee in the coming months. Staff will bring a report on the revised strategy to the Board in 2019."
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