Paddle boarders watch the 40th annual Polar Bear Swim at Centennial Beach in Delta, B.C. on Jan. 1, 2020. (Ryan-Alexander McLeod photo)

Regional parks in Delta closed for the long weekend

Boundary Bay and Deas Island parks closed ‘until further notice’ on Thursday, April 9

Metro Vancouver has closed Boundary Bay and Deas Island regional parks for the Easter long weekend.

Delta Mayor George Harvie announced the closures during a virtual townhall Thursday morning after sending a request to the regional authority to close the parks on Wednesday. Metro Vancouver later announced the parks would be closed “until further notice.”

Metro Vancouver closed the parking lots at Boundary Bay and Deas Island parks on March 24, also at the mayor’s request, in an effort to limit gatherings and encourage people to practice safe physical distancing.

However, many residents have complained about the number of people parking on local streets and using the parks anyway, particularly in Boundary Bay, causing traffic headaches for locals and raising concerns about park-goers ignoring public health orders about social distancing.

“Looking at 10 days of sunshine and our experience even last year when the public beaches in Vancouver were closed, people were coming to Centennial [Beach] and creating an impossible situation in so far as crowd control,” Harvie said during the virtual townhall.

Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord went on to outline the city’s plan to enforce the closure in Boundary Bay. Starting Friday, April 10, traffic safety personnel will be stationed alongside Delta police officers at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Boundary Bay Road to flag cars and ensure that only residents are entering the Boundary Bay village area.

“Not everyone unfortunately goes to social media and goes to the website, listens to news and radio, and will know that the park is closed. They may travel with their family from some distance to be able to come down to Centennial Beach,” Dubord said during the townhall. “We hope not to see too many people coming in there that will be looking for parking spots or other ways to enter into Centennial [Beach] by going into Boundary Bay.”

City engineering will also be posting signs in the area going all the way out to Highway 17 saying the park is closed and the area is off limits to all but local traffic.

“We’re going to sign it well, we’re going to assign some police officers there with the marked police car and the traffic safety personnel, and in addition we’ll work with [City of Delta]engineering on any other issues that arise,” Dubord said.

SEE ALSO: White Rock’s promenade to close to the public (April 8, 2020)

SEE ALSO: Christopherson Steps, 1,001 Steps closed due to COVID-19 (April 8, 2020)



editor@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusDeltaparks

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

All Safe Surrey Coalition council members must ‘step up’ over tweets, rivals say

Slate’s posts on social media in ‘bad taste,’ councillor says

Surrey sports groups grapple with refunds, registration, restrictions and more

‘Our biggest problem is going to be retraining the public because they can’t be there’

Low-cost bicycle repair shop opens in Cloverdale

Cloverdale Community Cycles starts up in church parking lot

First degree murder charge laid in South Surrey shooting death

Wayne Duncan, 46, was killed on Sept. 6, 2019

Surrey mayor denies Councillor’s motion seeking national PPE site for the city

Personal protection equipment manufacturers already spread out through Surrey, McCallum says

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

Two more COVID-19 cases reported by Langley long term care facility

One resident, one staffer have tested positive for the coronavirus

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

Suspect sought in alleged assault, hate crime on Metro Vancouver bus: transit police

The woman then allegedly punched the teenager in the head multiple times

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

B.C. Hockey League prepping for 2020-21

League reviewing different scenarios and start times in compliance with provincial regulations

Abbotsford International Airshow opening 50-year-old time capsule

Bronze time capsule was put together to commemorate AIA as Canada’s National Airshow

Most Read