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Starting today, it'll cost more to use facilities at Vancouver’s parks
Park Board commissioner Aaron Jasper says it's tied to the cost of inflation.
"Across all of our recreational programming, most users will see a two percent increase. There have been some minor adjustments across the system, but those who are coming to use any of our recreation facilities – go for a swim, go for a skate – they'll see a two percent increase.
“And that increase is really just to help cover the cost of doing business."
The hike isn't quite as slim if you plan to drive. Parking rates are also on the rise, with the hourly rate in Stanley Park doubling to $2.
At least one Vancouver politician isn't impressed.
NPA park board commissioner Melissa de Genova says the hike could have been avoided had the Vision Vancouver-dominated board just planned ahead.
"I also find it ironic that the Vision park board voted down my motion to cut $10,000 from commissioners' budgets for food at staff briefings. They make no cuts to themselves, but they cut service at our centres and increase fees for our citizens and visitors."