Recreational vehicles will be allowed to stay overnight in parking lots at Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks in Vancouver, British Columbia, during the Winter Olympics next February, the Vancouver Park Board decided Monday (July 20). 

The board voted 4-1 to approve a staff recommendation to allow roughly 365 RVs to park for $95 per night, despite residents’ protests, according to the Vancouver Sun

Green Party Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon was the lone opponent.

The city sent information about the proposal to 460 homes near the beaches, and received 23 e-mails, letters and phone calls opposing the move, with just three communications in favor. 

“We were confident that the business case was a good one,” said Vision Commissioner Aaron Jasper. 

“The RVs are coming, and this is a way for us to do our part to help with the logistics of the Olympics, and to do this in a controlled way that has minimal impact to Vancouverites.” 

The city will pay Duckworth Management Group Ltd. $134,832 to manage the sites. 

According to the staff report, the only RV site close to downtown is the Capilano RV Park, which had a waiting list of more than 100 people as of February.