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'A bad joke': Vancouverites puzzled as park board brings back beach logs

The logs were previously removed at the start of the pandemic to discourage public gatherings.
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The Vancouver park board issued a "log update" on July 15 announcing the return of beach logs to Vancouver beaches after removing them two years prior to prevent social gatherings during the pandemic. Locals were confused at the news, calling it a waste of time and resources. (File Photo). Photo via ParkBoard on Twitter

Keep 'em rolling!

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation issued a "log update" on Friday (July 15) announcing the return of beach logs. "More logs will roll onto beaches in the coming weeks," the park board said on Twitter. 

The update comes ahead of the Honda Celebration of Light with beach logs already popping up at English Bay this weekend, despite the beach being temporarily closed for swimming, among others, due to high levels of E. Coli. 

While some asked the park board to hurry with returning beach logs to Kitsilano and Spanish Banks beaches, some Vancouverites were perplexed at the news.

"Can't believe you wasted money removing them over covid concerns," one Twitter user replied. Meanwhile another user called it a "total waste of time and resources. A bad joke."

The logs have been chilling beach-side since the 1960s after landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander suggested the idea to the park board. But when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the logs were removed to discourage public gatherings. 

The park board has faced critique from locals earlier this month too. Vancouverites were quick to roast the park board ahead of the Canada Day long weekend over a video shared to its social media channels reminding people that drinking on beaches is not permitted.