NPA, Vision Vancouver Reveal Swimming Related Campaign Promises

The Non-Partisan Association has unveiled its election promises related to swimming as it vowed to double the number of outdoor pools in response to the promises of its opponent, Vision Vancouver, who have offered free swimming lessons for kids. Seeking re-election to the park board for the NPA, John Coupar, stated that “while Vision has committed to offering free swimming lessons in our community pools, these pools are already at capacity,” adding that “already, there is no room in the existing pools to meet family demand for pool time.”

The NPA, led by mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe, revealed its park-board strategy during a news conference held on Tuesday. Addressing the reporters, Mr. LaPointe stated that the NPA will not only double the number of outdoor pools from three to six, it would also mend relationships between community-centre associations and city hall. It was pointed out that six community-centre associations’ suits have been filed against the park board over the introduction of OneCard, which allows cardholders to access all park-board pools, rinks and fitness centres, regardless of where they live. Mr. LaPointe concluded that the “the relationship right now is broken.”

Explaining his point of view, Mr. LaPointe elucidated that “the community centres believe, quite rightly, that their independence is being taken back by a centralized approach that the city is taking.” Upon inquiry about whether NPA would scrap the OneCard system, he said no but promised that NPA would work toward a joint operating agreement that is satisfactory to the community-centre associations and respects their independence.

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