The Vancouver, British Columbia, Parks and Recreation Board will decide tonight (July 20) if two popular Vancouver beaches will become makeshift RV parks during the 2010 Winter Olympics, according to CTV British Columbia.
Parking lots at Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks would house up to 365 recreational vehicles during the Games, at a cost of $95 per night. The motorhomes would be allowed starting two days before the Feb. 10 opening of the Games and stay until March 2, two days after it ends.
Vision Vancouver Commissioner Aaron Jasper believes the board will approve the plan, and that the project will deal with the projected hotel shortage during the 2010 Olympics.
“Not wanting to have folks camp out in the parking lots of our shopping malls, we figured this would be the best approach,” Jasper told ctvbc.ca in June.
A temporary sewage disposal, water line and shower facility would be set up, and a shuttle service established to help visitors get to an Olympic transportation hub.
Public opposition against the project is mounting.
Phyllis Tyers, president of the North West Point Grey Home Owners’ Association, wrote the board and Vancouver mayor on behalf of the group, citing a lack of public consultation with residents.
Tyers says residents are concerned about the commericalization of park land through a private RV company, noise from shuttles and garbage trucks, and the eyesore of 365 RV’s in their neighbourhood.
But after fliers were distributed in the neighbourhood last month, parks commissioner Loretta Woodcock said she didn’t foresee any controversy from residents.
“Normally, we get complaints from residents about people camping illegally on the beach,” she said. “This is different. It will be very controlled, managed and monitored.”
“It actually brings security into the neighbourhood during the Olympics.”
It is believed reservations will begin in August, after a private project operator has been chosen.