Members of the Vision-Vancouver dominated park board have been trumpeting some 30,000 people signing up for the new OneCard. But the president of a group representing one community centre claims the numbers are fudged.
Ainslie Kwan, president of the Killarney Community Centre Association, claims people are simply signing up for the all-access pass to use a facility for free.
“At Kerrisdale (Community Centre), three quarters of the people that are coming in to pick up the OneCard – they are not even loading any services on the cards, which tells us they are simply walking in the door to get the three free visits.”
Kwan adds the park board’s membership numbers are artificially high because there is no residency requirement.
“Look at how hot the weather has been, all these outdoor pools that have been booming. If you walk up from Calgary and say ‘I want to pay to go swimming, hey, sign up for a OneCard, the visit will be free.”
She claims Vancouver taxpayers are subsidizing the visits to the tune of $100,000.
Vision Vancouver members of the Park Board have not yet returned calls for comment.