During a vote on Monday night, the Vancouver Park Board approved the sign after more than 1,500 residents signed a petition in favor of keeping it.
Steven Bohus of Residents Association of Mount Pleasant claims that his organization was not consulted about the matter. “A lot of the residents feel that this isn’t a game," Bohus said. "There is a school there, there’s a parents’ advisory committee, and I don’t this is a joke.”
According to Vancouver Park Board Commissioner Trevor Loke, only eight percent of residents disapproved of the sign.
“People worked very hard to clean up the area and this sign sends the wrong signal," Bohus said. "Maybe it won’t do anything but it’s not taken seriously by the Park Board. There are far more important things to worry about in Mt. Pleasant. We shouldn’t be arguing about this, we should be getting on with improving our parks system, and we are parks deficient in Mount Pleasant.”
Park Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth defended the sign on Twitter after the board approved the measure to make it permanent