COVID-19: Vancouver Park Board closes parking lots

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, and VanDusen Botanical Garden, among others.

The closures will be phased in throughout Sunday and many will be in full effect by Monday morning. The Park Board is closing lots that are considered high priority first, and will then extend closures to additional sites that are considered lower priority. The closures will remain in place indefinitely. The Park Board is looking to the public to comply with the parking lot closures beginning tomorrow morning, as staff work to implement barriers and additional signage throughout the day.

The Park Board is taking this measure as a result of insufficient public compliance with social distancing protocol at many parks and beaches.

Currently Vancouver’s beaches and parks remain open. However, residents are strongly urged to visit during off-peak hours and to always maintain a safe distance from others of at least two metres. 

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. It follows on the closure of all outdoor public fitness facilities earlier today, including bike parks, tennis courts, basketball, field sports, and more.

On Friday, the Park Board closed all of its playgrounds across the city.

Last week the Park Board closed all Community Centers, fitness facilities, pools, ice rinks, golf courses and other attractions, such as VanDusen Botanical Garden. 

High priority parking lot closures that will be implemented first include:

Kits Beach, Queen Elizabeth Park, English Bay, Jericho Beach, Locarno Beach, the Seawall, Stanley Park, and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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