More Electric Car Charging Stations Proposed For Vancouver’s Parks And Community Centres

In a meeting next week, Vancouver Park Board commissioners are expected to approve a proposal by park board staff to install new additional electric-battery vehicle charging stations at public parks and community centres across the city.

The additional stations are proposed for locations at Queen Elizabeth Park, Douglas Park, Kensington Park, and at four community centres, including Kitsilano, Renfrew, Roundhouse, and Champlain Heights.

“Presently, the public charging network in Vancouver is not distributed evenly across the city,” reads a park board staff report, adding that “large portions of East Vancouver and the West Side have little to no charging facilities. New sites to receive EV charging stations were identified to address the issue of equitable access to charging.”

The city estimates there are about 300 public charging locations across the city, with the municipal government responsible for the installation of 100 of the stations at a variety of public, fleet, workplace, and residential locations.

Some of the public locations include park board property at Coal Harbour, Hillcrest, and Mount Pleasant community centres, as well as Empire Fields, Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, and along Beach Avenue.

The management of the operation and maintenance of public charging stations are the responsibility of the city’s engineering staff, which own, operate, and manage either directly or through contractors.

Upon approval, the installation of the additional stations on park board property will occur between the third quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.