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Timeline for Field Replacement and Parking Regulations Discussed During March Board Meeting

Replacement of Wesbrook Community Field to take place during summer at cost of $1 million.

With Spring Break on the horizon, the UNA’s March board of directors meeting took place with a lighter than usual agenda.

During the meeting, UNA operations manager Wegland Sit provided an update on the upcoming replacement of the artificial turf on the playing field next to the Wesbrook Community Centre. The turf has reached the end of its useful life.

Sit said the project management team overseeing the work has hired a contractor and work is expected to take place in July and August.

The new field is estimated to cost $1 million, with the UNA covering 60 per cent from existing reserves. The Vancouver School Board is covering 40 per cent.

Despite some concerns over microplastics and synthetic materials, UNA directors voted to replace the turf with the same materials used when the field was built a decade ago, described as a blend of slit film and monofilament fibres with coated crumb rubber.

Parking enforcement on campus

With parking rules set to change in Hampton Place this spring, board member Bill Holmes asked UNA staff about existing procedures for towing vehicles that are in violation of regulations in the university neighbourhoods.

Holmes cited a document from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) that he said may entitle motorists to receive a warning before having their vehicles towed. He asked Sit whether offenders were currently being given warnings in areas monitored by the UNA.

“I question whether we are complying with the authorization that’s been given by MoTI if you don’t give a warning first,” Holmes said.

Sit said parking enforcement officers were not issuing warnings to violating motorists in campus areas that are administered by the UNA before towing vehicles.

Sit said he would review the ministry document and report back to the board.

Changes are set to take place in Hampton Place in April, including




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