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No bottled-water ban for parks

The Vancouver Park Board is not banning the sale of bottled water at community centres and kiosks.

The Vancouver Park Board is not banning the sale of bottled water at community centres and kiosks.

Parks commissioner Aaron Jasper said bottled water has been eliminated from board and staff meetings, but will continue to be sold at park facilities.

Bottled water sales hauls in about $150,000 in revenue and another $100,000 in sponsorships with Coca-Cola.

Another concern, Jasper added, is that without bottled water as an option, thirsty people would end up purchasing a less healthy option like pop.

On April 23, the city banned bottled water and asked the parks and PNE boards to consider similar bans.

Laura Ballance, a spokeswoman for the PNE, said banning bottled water was “not a viable option for guests,” some of whom remain on site for up eight hours in the August sun.

 
 
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