A $3-million dollar upgrade is coming to Vancouver’s Sunset Park – with a revamped playground, nursery, and grounds. But what could still be an issue is the proposal for a nearby skate park.
The Park Board has green lit some major upgrades to Sunset Park at Main st. and 51st Ave, but is also hoping to avoid any conflicts with neighbours over the planned skateboard facility.
In April, the Mount Pleasant skate park was a battleground between residents complaining about after hours noise and local skateboarders.
Vancouver Park Board chair John Coupar would like to avoid a similar problem, potentially by creating a buffer between the skate park and residents.
“We trust our staff and experts on that. It might be reversed from one side to another or something like that. That’s what I would expect.”
— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) November 17, 2015
Coupar adds consultation could still take place to nail down a specific location for the Sunset skate park.
“Nobody hates the skate park, it’s just the location; you have to be careful about the site being next to residential neighbourhoods. There has to be some kind of a buffer.”
Coupar says the Park Board is still working with residents in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood after the skate park there came under scrutiny.
In April, multiple complaints were filed about young adults using the park after hours and making too much noise.
Coupar is hopeful the Board can avoid a similar issue at Sunset, saying they’ll consult with the public to figure out where the skate park will be placed.