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Beach umbrella and chair rental program unveiled at Vancouver’s English Bay

Beach chairs go for $5 an hour and umbrellas go for $3 an hour

Gale Walsh, an English tourist, enjoys a rental beach chair and umbrella at English Bay.

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Gale Walsh, an English tourist, enjoys a rental beach chair and umbrella at English Bay.

The Vancouver Park Board trotted out the city’s first ever beach umbrella and chair rental program at English Bay Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re well pleased,” said Gale Walsh, an English tourist who was one of the first to rent Vancouver’s first pair of beach chairs and umbrella.

“As soon as we saw them, an hour and a half ago, we said, yes we’ll come back and have one of those.”

The rental beach chairs and umbrella are part of a two-year pilot program by the Vancouver Park Board, in partnership with Vancouver Shade Company.

Beach chairs go for $5 an hour and umbrellas go for $3 an hour.

There are 50 chairs available in this two-year pilot program.

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There are 50 chairs available in this two-year pilot program.

“We were happy to pay that price – it compares relatively well to Europe I think,” said Walsh.

The park board hopes the program, which will start with 50 chairs, will attract more visitors to the already popular beach.

About four to five million tourists visit English Bay every year, estimated Ted Lee, chief financial officer and commercial director at Tourism Vancouver.

If the chairs and umbrellas prove to be popular, the park board may expand the program to other beaches such as Jericho, said Sarah Kirby-Yung, Vancouver Park Board chair

“We think this makes our parks more inviting and in the busy pace of life, being able to rent a beach chair invites people to sit down, soak in the scenery, and stay a little while.”

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