COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – March 16, 2020 Update
Dear valued patron,
The Park Board is taking significant operational measures in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak in Vancouver. We will be closing all of our public facilities effective immediately, with the exception of our public park washrooms and marinas. While we recognize the closure of our facilities may provide challenges for many members of our community who rely on our services, we are prioritizing the wellbeing of the public and wider global community.
We have created a webpage with information about all of the affected services and facilities. Please visit Vancouver.ca/COVID19impacts for up-to-date information.
The City of Vancouver’s Emergency Management Agency (VEMA) is continuing to staff its emergency operations centre to ensure the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is coordinated and agile in meeting changing priorities and new public health developments and direction.
Our staff continue to be in daily contact with the City of Vancouver and provincial agencies who are leading the response to COVID-19.
The Park Board-wide closures include:
- All community centres and services on their sites, with the exception of day camps for children and licensed childcare. Those services will remain open for the time being but no new registrations will be accepted;
- All park board pools, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, fitness centres, ice rinks, golf courses, and pitch and putts;
- VanDusen Botanical Garden;
- Bloedel Conservatory;
- Queen Elizabeth Park Celebration Pavilion;
- Concessions and the Stanley Park Info Booth;
- All permitted events at sports fields and public parks, and the facilities listed above will be cancelled, with refunds offered to those impacted.
We deeply appreciate everyone’s understanding of our need to make these difficult decisions. We know how much our community relies on our programming and facilities but feel these steps are necessary at the current time. Please note that we are currently processing program registration refunds and pass extensions and are committed to ensuring we honour the process for all of our valued patrons.
We will be in touch with you should our approach change significantly and will provide timely updates on our website: www.vancouver.ca/COVID19. For up-to-date information about recreation facilities and services, please visit: www.vancouver.ca/COVID19impacts.
General Manager – Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation