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VanSplash strategy advisory group report: Vancouver needs more pools

The Board was pleased to hear the comments and recommendations of the advisory group. Their passion for aquatics is evident and we look forward to a well-informed revised draft VanSplash strategy later this fall.

Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon

July 31 2019 –

At a special Vancouver Park Board meeting last night, Commissioners received a feedback report (24 MB) on the draft VanSplash Aquatic Strategy outlining a vision for the future of aquatics in Vancouver.  

The report was produced by the VanSplash Advisory Group, which was appointed by the Board in late 2018 in order to review the draft VanSplash strategy and provide comments and insights to inform a revised draft strategy. 

Public engagement

During the initial VanSplash engagement process in 2017 and 2018, staff heard from more than 7,000 residents at open houses, meetings, and through surveys. The advisory group was assembled to provide an enhanced, city-wide perspective on the diverse range of aquatic facilities and services.

VanSplash Advisory Group

The advisory group is made up of 19 individuals who responded to a call for applications. An independent facilitation consultant short-listed the applicants and the Board appointed members.

The advisory group represents a wide range of backgrounds and interests in aquatics, and members are from every corner of Vancouver.

The group met nine times over six months, facilitated by the neutral third-party facilitator.

“The Board was pleased to hear the comments and recommendations of the advisory group,” said Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon. “Their passion for aquatics is evident and we look forward to a well-informed revised draft VanSplash strategy later this fall. On behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank every member of the advisory group for their time and valuable perspective.” 

Final draft VanSplash Aquatic Strategy

The findings of the advisory group will be used to refine the final draft VanSplash Aquatic Strategy that will be presented at a public meeting to the Board this fall for their consideration and decision.

The revised draft VanSplash Aquatic Strategy will set the foundation for renewal and capital investment of the city’s pools, beaches, and spray parks over the next 10 years. The vision for the draft VanSplash is to deliver a wide range of aquatic experiences for residents and visitors that support Vancouver as a highly-livable, world-class coastal city.