The Vancouver Park Board is no longer a represented on the PNE Board of Directors.
Vancouver city council has decided to remove the elected park’s board representation, and board chair, John Coupar says the decision doesn’t make sense.
“They’ve reduced the elected representation from an elected councilor and an elected park commissioner down to just an elected councilor. It’s a drop of 50 per cent.”
Coupar fears, without a commissioner on the board the door to development could crack open.
“If the PNE has a few bad years are you going to find some additional sources of income, and would they look to do some development on the property? So, I think that is the concern that has been brought to my attention. I can’t presuppose that.”
The park board has had a long standing role in the governance of the PNE, and Coupar says people will notice its absence overtime.
A long standing relationship in Vancouver has ended. There will no longer be Vancouver Park Board representation on the PNE board of directors.
The only elected official left on the PNE Board of Directors is Vision Vancouver councilor, Raymond Louie.