Parking to reopen at Vancouver beaches and parks starting today
Starting this morning, Vancouver Park Board staff will begin reopening the majority of parking lots at parks and beaches, with the aim of having lots open by Sunday, May 24.
Parking lots were closed in mid-March as part of the Park Board’s overall effort to:
- Support physical distancing
- Reduce crowding at destination parks and beaches
- Encourage use of neighbourhood parks
The reopening over the next two days of public parking includes 7,000 stalls at beaches and parks across the city, including the roadways at Queen Elizabeth Park. The reopening follows careful planning and consideration by the Park Board and is in alignment with the BC Restart Plan. Parking at beaches and parks is also vital to ensure there is equity of access to these spaces, particularly for residents with mobility challenges.
Pay parking and enforcement will be in effect at the pay lots and visitors are urged to keep a safe distance from others of at least two metres while exiting their vehicles and visiting beaches and parks.
Stanley Park and English Bay lots remain closed
Parking will remain temporarily closed at lots in Stanley Park and English Bay due to the continued vehicle closures in the park and along Beach Ave. A small number of lots will remain temporarily closed at certain community centres and park sites for operational reasons.
Open facilities and services
The Park Board is taking a thoughtful and phased approach to reopening its facilities and services. Fraserview and McCleery golf courses and VanDusen Botanical Garden reopened May 1, tennis and pickleball courts May 9, and Langara Golf Course May 15.
The Park Board continues to review the feasibility of reopening other facilities and services and will make adjustments to its operations based on the latest information provided by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Provincial Health Officer, and industry partners.