Most of Marpole’s public parks in poor condition but they won’t be repaired any time soon

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Local resident Lina Hsu says she thinks the playing conditions at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Annex elementary school need improvement. Photo: Warren Jané
Local resident Lina Hsu says she thinks the playing conditions at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Annex elementary school need improvement. Photo: Warren Jané

Marpole residents who are unhappy with the condition of their local parks will have to wait a while longer for the problem to be rectified.

Fifty-five per cent of Marpole’s public parks are in poor condition, according to the park board, but an official says it may take as long as 10 to 15 years to see upgrades done on just one or two of them.

“It costs a lot of money to upgrade a park and our budgets are quite restricted, so we normally choose a couple a year across the city that we’re going to upgrade,” said Alan Duncan, environmental planner for the Vancouver Park Board. “We can only do a couple major upgrades a year.”

City to decide which parks to repair first

Vancouver has over 200 parks, with 20 per cent in poor condition, so the city is challenged with deciding which ones to improve first.

Though not all of Marpole’s parks are in poor condition, Duncan said most could use improvements.

“All the parks, with the exception of Ebisu, would benefit from some improvements of different kinds.”

Marpole has 11 designated park areas and one park site that hasn’t been named yet.

Ash Park, for example, has an uneven playing field with several bare spots and eroded holes filled with water.

Residents say it’s time for repairs

Taylor Anderson, an 18-year-old graduate of the adjacent Sir Wilfrid Laurier Annex elementary school said the poor playing conditions are nothing new.

“I was here since Grade 2 and it was like this even back then,” said Anderson.

Other neighbourhood residents expressed their concerns as well.

“It’s in very bad shape and I think it’s better if it’s fixed because the children can play there,” said local resident Lina Hsu.

Marpole held a community plan workshop on March 13 in which local residents suggested various improvements to local parks. Parks suggested for improvement include Ash Park, Fraser River Park, Eburne Park, Riverview Park and Shannon Park.

Reported by Warren Jané

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