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Vancouver Park Board hikes swimming, skating, fitness centre fees

Last Updated Dec 11, 2018 at 6:03 am PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – While Vancouver City Council prepares to vote on increasing property taxes by almost five per cent, the Park Board has already boosted fees for its programs and services next year.

Commissioners approved the hikes Monday night night.

It’s about a two per cent for most things you might like to do or places you would like to visit.

Skating and swimming pool fees are both rising by an average two per cent. The same goes for fitness centre services, or the cost of playing racquetball or tennis at a Park Board facility.

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The Festival of Lights at VanDusen is also getting more expensive, as is admission at the Bloedel Conservatory — the latter of which will set adults back an extra 25 cents, come 2019.

The Board’s chair says the rise in prices are mainly for two reasons: to help pay for staffing and pay off the cost of eliminating MSP in this province.

Discounts for seniors and children are generally not changing.