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A landmark and a BMX track: 2010 Park Board highlights

The author at the 91st annual Polar Bear Swim

As a new year begins, I look back on the most memorable Park Board moments in 2010.

I’m so proud of the partnership between Friends of Bloedel (FOB) and VanDusen. By identifying Bloedel as a facility that wasn't working in its former capacity, it now has a good support network and will no longer be ignored. It took a lot of hard work, but John Cooper and the FOBs have made this a reality.

At the Park Board, we finally found proper gear for Eleanor Hadley so that she can hear at our meetings.

The greatest highlights for me included cutting the red tape at the first ever BMX track, Kensington Skatepark. The signing of Leeside over to the Park Board from the city’s Engineering Department was another special moment.

I was also honoured to be a part of the Vancouver Street Soccer initiative. I was thrilled to watch a team from the Downtown Eastside go all the way to the Homeless World Cup.

It has been amazing to see all of the new Olympic legacy facilities spring up around the city. I remember when they were still under construction and now our communities are making good use of them.

In the coming year, I look forward to the capital planning process where we will allocate funding for parks and facilities.

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