Questions are being raised over whether politics are playing a bigger role in the possible demise of a beloved Mount Pleasant skateboard park.
Vancouver Park Board staff is proposing a few options to address noise complaints at the park, including converting it into green space, and building a new skateboarding facility at Jonathan Rogers Park.
The move has prompted protests among skateboard enthusiasts, who plan to attend a park board meeting about it Monday night.
Former Vision park board commissioner Sarah Blyth says eyebrows are being raised on this issue because former NPA campaign manager Douglas Leung lives across from the park and opposed its creation three years ago.
“To be honest, when the motion came up right after the next park board was elected, I just wondered why one earth is this is a priority, like, it really just didn’t make any sense to me,” Blyth says.
“And then I thought, well, we got some squeaky wheels that are well connected in the area, it just takes one to wonder, whether that had anything to do with it?”
But current NPA commissioner Sarah Kirby-Yung says the board will make an objective decision.
“It is our responsibility to make our decisions on the information and facts presented to us, whether that is in reports, letters from the public, or information presented at the meeting.”
The NPA holds the majority on the board with four commissioners, followed by two greens and one Vision representative.