Vancouver’s natural beauty is worth protecting. Our children not only need places to play, but also places to enjoy and explore nature. We all need places of tranquil refuge from our busy lives. The animals and birds that help make our city lives enjoyable need places to nest and raise their young.
People and nature in balance is my vision for our parks and recreation system.
Stuart Mackinnon is a Green candidate for the Vancouver park board.
Vancouver parks and
recreation facilities have been neglected and need to be made a
priority again. Fields, gardens, natural spaces, and community centres
are deteriorating and yet little or no money is being spent for their
care and upkeep. It doesn’t have to be this way. Vancouver can be a
beautiful, vital, and active city again if the priorities of the park
board are focused on parks and recreation.
People and community
groups have been marginalized over the past six years. Citizens feel
left out and disrespected. It’s time for change. Change includes putting
community centres back where they belong—at the centre of our
neighbourhoods—by giving them the independence to make planning
decisions that reflect community needs and values. Change means
listening to people, not belittling them. We need to clearly define
decision-making processes and roles to better include the community.
need to find new ways to engage the citizenry to make consultation more
open and meaningful.
Vancouver is changing and the park board has
to change, too. Since parks have become the backyards for many people,
they should be maintained to enhance and enliven everyone’s urban
experience with flower gardens, playing fields, and natural spaces.
Green Party of Vancouver has a plan to make better parks and recreation
for Vancouver. This plan includes working with the citizens of
Vancouver. When the park board works with the community, our
neighbourhoods become more livable. When the city works with the park
board, Vancouver becomes a better place to live.
Green city councillors, park board commissioners and school trustees we
can build a better Vancouver, together. On November 15 vote for a better
city. Vote Green first.
Stuart Mackinnon is a Green Party of Vancouver candidate
for the park board. Mackinnon is active in parks and green space
issues, with a focus on access, preservation, and conservation. Having
attended park board meetings for years even before being elected to the
board, Mackinnon has been a strong, consistent advocate for maintaining
Vancouver’s parks and green spaces in pristine condition.