As the Vancouver Park Board decides to defer a decision on potentially closing a popular Vancouver skateboard park, it seems to have pit neighbour against neighbour in the Mount Pleasant community.
Michael Sadovnick lives across from the Mount Pleasant skate park and wants to see it demolished.
“It is a noise issue, the city has noise bylaws, it is surpassing the noise bylaws, and it is impacting our quality of life by living across from it.”
“I think it was important for them to slow down on their decision making, but I am a little upset nobody got to speak their voice, this was the first opportunity that we were granted as a community, to have our voices heard.”
“It’s taken us four years to get to this point; we have to interest in waiting another four years because of this deferral. It shows that if you use social media, if you talk a lot, you can get what you want.”
But his neighbor, Jeremy Stone, disagrees.
“I have a petition here from almost all of the residents on 17th avenue, right adjacent to the skate park, we all are in favour of the skate park, we hear the skate park, we know that there is noise and problems, but we don’t want it to be demolished, we want to save it as an amenity to the community.”
The NPA-majority board supported Chair John Coupar’s motion to decide the fate of the skate board at a later date after further consultation.
“I think this recommendation when we saw it, we thought it was a win for the community to build a new more advanced intermediate skate park nine blocks away, but what we didn’t realize, is how many people care about this particular smaller skate park, so this has caused us to take a step back.”
55 people signed up to speak were turned away.
Meanwhile, the NPA Chair of the Vancouver Park Board is denying a well-connected neighbour had anything to do with the Mount Pleasant skate park review.
Former NPA campaign manager Douglas Leung lives across from the park in question- and has been vocally opposed.
CKNW’s Shelby Thom questioned John Coupar about Leung’s involvement.
Coupar: “There was no influence there because we decided to move off this decision, so I don’t know who lives on what street, and what member, we have political parties all over the city.”
Reporter: “But you would know, he signed your nomination papers with his address on there”
Coupar: “Right, and I’m not disputing the fact that he does live across from it”
Reporter : “and has he not been vocal about his opposition in the past”?
Coupar: “Not as vocal as many of the other neighbours.”
Staff admitted at Monday night’s meeting only four noise complaints were made to the Vancouver Police department last year.