Waterfront accommodation in Vancouver, British Columbia, perfect views of the city and literally steps to the beach for $95 a night.
The only catch? It’s BYOB – bring your own bed.
From two days before the opening ceremonies until two days after the 2010 Winter Games, the parking lots at Jericho and Spanish Banks waterfront parks will be turned into RV parks with room for 365 vehicles, according to Vancouver’s The Province.
The Vancouver parks board decided this week to create the temporary RV park along the beaches. Public washrooms, concessions and showers will be provided, along with sanitation dumps and 24-hour security.
At Jericho, the sailing club will open its facilities to RV campers.
“People are going to come to the Olympics in their RVs and we don’t want our shopping mall parking lots to become de facto RV parks,” said Vancouver parks board commissioner Aaron Jasper.
A shuttle bus service will move people from the parking lots to the Canada Line station at Oakridge mall.
The parks board is looking for an operator to manage the temporary site and to provide a reservation system to book the spaces — 110 at Jericho and 255 at Spanish Banks. Residents of 400 homes in the Point Grey neighbourhood will also be notified of the plan this week.
At Spanish Banks on Thursday (June 18), news of the beachfront RV park had yet to reach anyone.
“It’s only three weeks, so I don’t mind,” said Clive Darvell, who has lived in the area for 30 years. “But what I don’t like is them doing it in this sneaky way.”
Sharon Low and Jane Claxton were a little more critical.
“This ruins our neighbourhood. People should come to the beach to visit not to live on it for three weeks,” said Low, who’s lived in the neighbourhood all her life and walks the beach year-round.
As a Dunbar resident, Darrell Thomas said the RV park won’t affect her, but she was concerned about neighbourhood security.
“I can see the reason for it, and I’m not opposed as long as it’s closely monitored — like, very closely,” said Thomas, who was at the beach with her two children.
Philip Josephs, manager of revenue services for the parks board, said the board will break even with 35% occupancy. The area will still be accessible to people who use the beach in winter.
“It should be really nice, right on the waterfront. We really want to welcome people, and there’s no other RV parks in Vancouver.”