VANCOUVER – Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim has announced the members of the Park Board Transition Group.
The transition to moving management of Vancouver’s parks and recreation to the city follows a motion at the end of 2023 to dissolve the elected park board.
“This step is long overdue. The current system is broken, and no amount of tweaking will fix it. Bringing parks and recreation under the direct oversight of city council aligns us with how it’s done in every other city in the country,” Sim said in a statement.
The members of the transition group are:
- Catherine Evans, former park board commissioner for Vision Vancouver
- Jordan Nijjar, South Asian community leader and soccer coach
- Shauna Wilton, former deputy park board GM and interim park board GM
- Jennifer Wood, BC Diving director
- Gregor Young, Vancouver United Football Club executive director
“The working group members announced today bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, ensuring a smooth transition. This change is about managing these spaces more effectively, not compromising them. It’s about prioritizing the needs of all Vancouverites and ensuring our parks and recreation facilities can serve our community to their fullest potential,” Sim added.
First Nations have been engaged in the transition process, a City of Vancouver release said, including official endorsement by the Musqueam Indian Band through a formal letter of support.