The One-Card: The One Access to Most Vancouver Community Centres

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The One-Card is a program created by the Vancouver Park Board to allow Vancouver residents the chance to own a free universal membership card to use all the Vancouver community centres. All community centres, with regards to a few other centres opposed to the One-Card, will carry through with the free Card. The purpose of the membership is to provide more recreational facilities for possible Vancouver residents, including low-income families, to use and help gain access to the One-Card. There are a few community centres such as Killarney, Kerrisdale, Kensington, Sunset, Hastings, and Hillcrest (Ip, A.13), but majority of the Vancouver community centres and the Vancouver Park Board view the One-Card to be no trouble for the existing public …show more content…
Cooper also mentions “OneCard holders would no longer need association memberships to access facilities” (A.3). With regards to the different community centres Vancouver has, using only one universal card would be more of a convenience for members to consider. This makes the One-Card more ideally for existing members to switch memberships, as there would be no need to register for each and every centre they choose. Speaking about the One-Card, by having one universal card for all Vancouver recreational facilities, chances are that community can grow strong and strive from being more open to other environments. Building community is not only good for socialization and maintaining interaction within our neighbourhoods, but it is what the many different communities within Vancouver want and need (Harvey, 24). Vancouver Sun’s columnist, Ian Mulgrew, suggests in his article that “local membership is vital” for community centres to connect with its neighbourhood (Mulgrew, “Vancouver’s OneCard ignites legal donnybrook”). For this reason, it is possible for the community to view the One-Card to destroy social neighbourhood interaction. This poses as an inconvenience for all of the Vancouver community centres. Even though centres despise the capabilities of the One-Card not being able to bring communities together, universal access could possibly mean different interactions with unlikely individuals whom they may never been interested to socialize with. The minimalistic

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