Cypress Mountain Resort suing B.C. over parking

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A B.C. mountain resort is suing the province to achieve management over an entry street, which might permit it to cost for parking – a method that was beforehand employed to handle overcrowding on the busy out of doors vacation spot.


Cypress Bowl Recreations Limited Partnership, which owns Cypress Mountain Resort, filed a petition with B.C. Supreme Court final month over Hollyburn Access Road. The street is a 300-metre stretch resulting in the resort’s Nordic space and back-country trails off Cypress Bowl Road.


At the centre of the dispute is whether or not that street part is a part of the “managed recreation space,” which the resort operates its enterprise in.


In current years, the corporate says, utilization of park areas “has elevated dramatically,” creating parking and capability points.


“Cypress Bowl Recreations has tried to use numerous options to the parking and customer administration points at Cypress Mountain Resort with BC Parks,” the petition says.


“There will not be sufficient capability for the unmanaged progress of actions outdoors of the managed recreation space. BC Parks has been unwilling to supply options to the difficulty of inadequate parking accessible for the Controlled Recreation Area and Cypress Park usually.”


PARKING FEES INTRODUCED


In December 2020, Cypress Mountain started charging for parking in some heaps in an try to curb crowds after the province did not renew its free day-pass system regardless of requests from the resort. 


At the time, the resort stated the charges had been immediately “because of BC Parks cancellation of the reservation system used this summer time to regulate demand.”


“Cypress Mountain has been urging BC Parks to get engaged within the anticipated COVID-19 realities of winter visitation at Cypress Provincial Park,” an announcement issued that season from the resort’s president, Russell Chamberlain, stated.


“As the second COVID-19 wave gathered momentum, BC Parks agreed that it might implement a ‘day move system’ much like what was utilized to regulate demand throughout the first wave of the pandemic.”


But Chamberlain stated they had been later advised the park-pass program wasn’t being reintroduced in spite of everything.


“After specific warnings had been issued by Cypress Mountain Resort to BC Parks, concerning the anticipated results of uncontrolled visitation, no significant proactive motion was taken,” Chamberlain’s assertion stated.


In its petition to B.C. Supreme Court, the corporate says the “lack of administration of visitation” creates a bottleneck of visitors for each the alpine and Nordic areas. In reality, in earlier winter seasons, BC Parks issued notices to out of doors fanatics that drivers may very well be turned away as heaps crammed up.


SIGNAGE REMOVED BY BC PARKS


The 2020 parking charges had been established in a number of locations within the resort’s managed recreation space, together with the Nordic section. The resort stated it understood that to incorporate Hollyburn Access Road, so it put in a parking metre and indicators concerning paid parking alongside the 300-metre stretch.


“Shortly after the parking metre and signage had been put in alongside the Nordic section, representatives of BC Parks unilaterally eliminated the signage because it was the place of BC Parks that the Nordic section was not inside the managed recreation space,” the petition says.


The petition explains in vital element the historical past of the park’s boundaries, which have shifted a number of occasions.


In one settlement, signed in 1997, the Nordic section and Hollyburn Access Road had been to be included within the managed recreation space as soon as a brand new parking lot was accomplished. Even although the parking lot was constructed, the boundaries had been by no means redrawn.


“While speculative, it’s possible that the events failed to finish the step of redrawing the boundary of the managed recreation space … because of workers turnover at BC Parks, MOTI and Cypress Bowl Recreations and the failure of the events in query to comply with by with the step of issuing a brand new map,” the petition suggests.


As a outcome, Cypress Mountain says it needs that “mutual mistake” rectified by having the park map redrawn to incorporate the Nordic section and Hollyburn Access Road within the managed recreation space. The petition did not point out whether or not pay parking could be reintroduced if that occurs.


In an announcement to CTV News Vancouver, the Ministry of Environment acknowledged Cypress Bowl Recreations Limited Partnership’s petition and declined to remark whereas the matter is earlier than the court docket. 

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