June 12, 2013 2:03 am

Park board OneCard causes community centre controvery

A new system-wide prepaid membership card for users of the city’s recreational centres is causing controversy.

The OneCard plan was announced on Tuesday by the park board, who is touting it as the solution to the on-going funding fight with some of the city’s community centre associations.

The card would allow universal access to all of Vancouver’s facilities and community centres. Currently each of the 22 community centres in Vancouver has their own membership cards.

The OneCard program would also allow any qualifying cardholders to receive a 50 per cent subsidy; which would allow anyone regardless of income, participate in activities in Vancouver.

But local groups are saying they didn’t know about the new card – and are promising to block it.

The OneCard program will roll out at park board-operated facilities on July 8 and if approved, at community centres on September 1.

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