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Park Board closes parking lots as part of COVID-19 response

March 22 2020 –

Effective immediately, the Vancouver Park Board is prohibiting parking at its most high-traffic parks and beaches across the city, including:

  • Kitsilano Beach
  • English Bay
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Stanley Park
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden

The closures will be phased in throughout today and many will be in full effect by Monday morning. The closures will remain in place indefinitely.

We're taking this measure as a result of insufficient public compliance with social distancing protocol at many parks and beaches.

We look to everyone to comply with the parking lot closures beginning Monday morning as we work to implement barriers and additional signage throughout the day. 

High-priority parking lots will close first

We're closing lots that are considered high priority first, and will then extend closures to additional sites that are considered lower priority.

High-priority parking lots include:

  • Kitsilano Beach
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • English Bay
  • Jericho Beach
  • Locarno Beach
  • The Seawall
  • Stanley Park
  • VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Visit parks and beaches during off-peak hours and keep two metres apart from others

Currently Vancouver’s beaches and parks remain open. However, we strongly urge you to visit during off-peak hours and to always maintain a safe distance from others of at least two meters.

Recent Park Board closures due to the coronavirus

The closure of these key lots is part of the Park Board and City’s continued response to the threat of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Earlier on Sunday: we closed all outdoor public fitness facilities earlier today, including bike parks, tennis courts, basketball, field sports, and more. 
  • Friday, March 20: we closed all Park Board playgrounds across the city. 
  • Last week: we closed all community centres, fitness facilities, pools, ice rinks, golf courses, and other attractions, such as VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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