Vancouver Residents Want Peaceful ‘RV Parks’
Residents of northwest Point Grey in Vancouver, British Columbia, are again seeking assurances that their affluent neighbourhood will not be disrupted by the presence of hundreds of tourists who will come by RV during the Olympics next February, according to Vancouver’s Georgia Straight.
Visitors are already reserving spaces in the RV parks that will be set up at Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks between Feb. 10 and March 2.
Phyllis Tyers, president of the North West Point Grey Home Owners’ Association, told the Straight by phone that locals are concerned about a number of issues including noise, air pollution, increased traffic and public disorder.
“It might attract criminal elements. I mean, who knows?” Tyers said. “It’s just an unknown whether they’ll be down there.”
Citing the need for new streams of revenue because of budget cuts, the Vancouver park board approved in July a staff recommendation to set up the RV parks, a move, which Tyers maintained, was made without prior consultation with residents.
Based on staff projections, the park board will generate $725,000 if 365 RV spaces are rented throughout the three-week period at a rate of $95 plus tax per night. According to staff estimates, a 38% occupancy level will mean the park board breaks even.
The board has awarded a $134,832 contract to Duckworth Management Group Ltd. to operate the campsites.
“There’s still space available,” company owner Stan Duckworth told the Straight when asked about reservations.
Duckworth said his firm is getting a lot of phone calls, but he wouldn’t divulge the number of reservations.