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The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, commonly referred to as the Vancouver Park Board, is the elected board with exclusive possession, jurisdiction and control over public parks in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1] Established by section 485 of the Vancouver Charter, the Vancouver Park Board is the only elected body of its kind in Canada.[2] It has seven elected commissioners who are charged by the Vancouver Charter with determining the policy direction of the Park Board.[2] The board has a mandate to "provide, preserve and advocate… to benefit people, communities and the environment." Commissioners are elected at-large every four years, with a chair and vice-chair elected by the commissioners every year.[3]

Vancouver Park Board
Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
Vancouver Park Board logo.png
Agency overview
Formed 1953 (1953)
Jurisdiction Public parks in Vancouver
Headquarters 2099 Beach Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Agency executives
  • Michael Wiebe, Chair
  • Erin Shum, Vice-Chair
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The current elected commissioners of the Vancouver Park Board are:[4]

Name Party
  John Coupar NPA
  Casey Crawford NPA
  Catherine Evans Vision
  Sarah Kirby-Yung NPA
  Stuart Mackinnon Green
  Erin Shum, Vice-Chair Independent
  Michael Wiebe, Chair Green


In June 2009, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver city councillor Raymond Louie, both of whom are members of the Vision Vancouver party, were accused by Vancouver city councillor Suzanne Anton, a member of the opposition Non-Partisan Association party, of attempting to destroy the independence of the park board by centralizing budget oversight.[5] Aaron Jasper, a Vision Vancouver member of the park board, called on the city council to restore the decentralized budget control.[5]

In September 2009 Susan Mundick, the general manager of the board, announced her retirement.[6] Penny Ballem, the city manager of Vancouver hired by Mayor Robertson, stripped Mundick of all routine transitional duties.[7] Ballem then stated she would help the park board choose Mundick's replacement, a selection process city hall traditionally had not been involved in.[8] In response, Suzanne Anton urged Mayor Robertson and the city council to limit Ballem's control of the park board.[8]


The Vancouver Park Board oversees more than 200 parks, including major attractions such as Stanley Park to local neighbourhood parks such as Falaise Park.[9]


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