The Vancouver Park Board is jumping into the same boat as the City of Vancouver when it comes to protecting waters for False Creek paddlers.
The board passed a motion to team up with Transport Canada and the city on a report to investigate the possibility of creating a designated False Creek moorage and moorage-free area in order for paddlers to take part in races and practices.
Ann Phelps with the Canadian International Dragonboat Festival Society says paddlers aren’t demanding much.
“It’s a tiny little space. It’s not all of False Creek, so we don’t think it’s too much to ask.”
Phelps says the current status quo isn’t cutting it.
“As False Creek gets busier and Vancouver gets busier, you can go down there anytime in the summer and see just in that little bit of space east of Cambie Street bridge upwards of thirty or forty boats just sitting there. So it’s become quite an obstacle course, not just in races, but for just everyday practices.”
It comes a month after a close call in June where a large vessel sailed right into the middle of a dragon boat race, creating tensions between paddlers and boaters in the process.
The report is due before next spring.