The Vancouver Park Board has approved a two-year pilot project for the rental service.
Stuart Mackinnon was one of two commissioners who voted against it.
He says it perpetuates the commercialization of public spaces.
“It’s separating those who can afford and those who cannot afford. Our public spaces and our public beaches are for everyone.”Blue Hole Investments will operate the service under the name “The Vancouver Shade Company.”
It will pay up to 18% of gross annual revenues back to the Park Board.
No word on how much it will cost to rent a chair or umbrella.