I’ve been on a rollercoaster ride when it comes to how I feel about the Vancouver Parks Board. On one hand they offer some great low-cost services for residents and on the other they annihilated my beloved Stanley Park to make room for more tourist parking.
The latest news this morning has finally tipped me over the edge: “Queen Elizabeth Park is right up there on the list of important, local tourist attractions. It’s also one of the region’s most spectacular green spaces. The great park could soon lose a number of its precious trees. As many as 70 trees could be axed, and all so you can enjoy the city skyline a little better. In the last few years, the clear view of downtown from Queen Elizabeth Park’s highest point has become obstructed by trees.” [News1130]
Really, are you kidding me? Remember the story of that woman in the West End that was poisoning trees so that she could restore her ocean front view? How is the Parks Board any better? Why don’t they just throw some dinosaurs up there instead? (end rant)
If you would like to voice your opinions (and get more information about the Tree Management Plan) you can visit the Vancouver Parks Board website and fill out a survey. You can also drop by the Celebration Pavillion today.
I understand fully that tourism is our number one industry but if we’re chopping down all the trees we’re losing the very attraction all these folks are coming to see: Vancouver’s natural beauty.