You won’t be asked to shell out before taking in one of West Vancouver’s popular parks this year.
That’s after council soundly defeated a proposal to implement pay parking.
If you’re a user of Whytecliff, Lighthouse, or Nelson Canyon Parks you can breathe easy.
Councillor Craig Cameron says the proposal was shot down after getting plenty of feedback from upset residents.
“Do we really want to be making it more difficult for everyone to be getting outside, to enjoy nature, to spend time in our parks? There’s health benefits, there’s environmental benefits.”
Cameron adds the plan would have only pulled in about $30,000 per year if they exempted residents, and if they didn’t it would have just been a new tax.
“The way the numbers worked we were only going to get a net profit in year six if we exempted residents. And if we didn’t exempt residents, we’d make about $130,000 per year, but ultimately we would be just taking more money from our own taxpayers, who are already paying through their property taxes.”