if you believe Vancouver's parks and recreational facilities are places for everyone... if you believe affordable community services are worthwhile... if you believe it's important to keep neighbourhood swimming pools and skating rinks... 

if you believe people come first...

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  It's a sweep!

Thank you to everyone who turned out to vote. 

The Coalition of Progressive Electors swept into the city like a fresh wind. 

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation has 5 new COPE Commissioners.  

Congratulations to: 

Heather Deal; Lyndsay Poaps; Eva Riccius;

Anita Romaniuk; Loretta Woodcock

Also elected were the NPA's newcomer Suzanne Anton and incumbent Allan DeGenova.

(for complete election results click here)


We have high expectations for this new Park Board. 

The city will be watching.

Our parks and community centres continue to deteriorate. Fees increase and services decrease. Parks and green spaces continue to be commercialized. It is time for a new vision of parks and recreation in Vancouver. The new Board has a lot of work to do. 

Betterparks will be there to continue to advocate for green spaces; for affordable recreational services; for neighbourhood pools; and for Stanley Park as a park. 

Join with me on this new adventure. 

Let's make better parks for Vancouver.




    if you would like to help make better parks for Vancouver 

contact me at: stuart@betterparks.ca 


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Stuart Mackinnon

I believe in better parks and recreation for Vancouver.

I have always cared passionately for our parks and green spaces. Growing up in Vancouver was like growing up in a magical land, filled with green fields, tall trees, forests, sandy beaches and sunny days at the poolside. I want every child to be able to share this experience. 

 Parks and community centres are the lifeblood of our city. They should be open to all´┐Żnot just the wealthy and not just for those lucky enough to live near a destination facility. Parks and community centres are for everyone.

 We must re-examine recreational fees to ensure fairness and equal access. We have a special responsibility to our elders and those on limited and fixed incomes, to make community centres affordable.

 Every neighbourhood should have the opportunity of having recreational facilities. The closing of neighbourhood pools must stop. Our parks are the refuges of the city for people and wildlife. We must preserve and promote them as green spaces.

 The unionised workers in the parks system have a vested interest in promoting and preserving them and should play an active role in their management.

 Stanley Park is a natural treasure; it is our duty and responsibility to protect it for all future generations. We must stop the destruction; we must stop the expansion of the aquarium; and we must stop the commercialization of this jewel in crown of Vancouver.

Working together we can have better parks.

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 (c) Stuart Mackinnon 2002