Vancouver Park Board
August 29, 2013
Statement from the Chair on next steps related to
litigation launched by 6 Community Centre Associations against Park Board
The Vancouver Park Board’s primary interest lies with providing quality services to our residents and protecting the interests of taxpayers in our communities who have invested millions of dollars and volunteer hours to build our outstanding network of community centres throughout our city.
OneCard, a no-cost single access card for all Park Board facilities is one way the Park Board is putting public needs first. Over 40,000 people have now acquired OneCard, which is designed to enable access for all Vancouver residents to the entire Park Board network of rinks, pools, fitness centres and community centres, just as a library card provides access for everyone to all public libraries across the city.
In 2010, the Park Board approved four guiding principles for a new Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) with the Community Centre Associations (CCAs):
1. Access for all citizens
2. Access to a network of community centres
3. Equity among community centres
4. Operational sustainability and accountability
Over the past two years, Park Board staff have worked with all the CCAs towards a renewed JOA which reflects these principles as well as our diverse, changing communities. In February 2013 a negotiating table was established with designated representatives of the community centre Association Presidents Group and senior Park Board staff. Continue reading