04/09/2013 11:27 EDT | Updated 06/09/2013 05:12 EDT

Parents Code Of Conduct Proposed By Vancouver Park Board


The Vancouver Park Board plans to lay down some rules for excited parents at hockey rinks, soccer pitches and baseball diamonds across the city.

According to the motion put forward by Comm. Constance Barnes, staff will develop guidelines for parents to ensure they are respectful while they cheer their kids at park board facilities.

"These are our facilities. It is our responsibility to make sure those children are safe," said Barnes.

But Barnes's humourous suggestion that parents who don't behave might have to do 100 push-ups, or bring the opposing team cut up oranges drew opposition from Comm. Melissa DeGenova.

"Mixing a serious subject with humour as Commissioner Barnes has stated is not something I can support," said DeGenova.

For her part, Barnes says she never expected push-ups or orange segments would ever be part of the final policy, because the motion doesn't actually suggest the park board impose any punishment.

"I'm hoping for some signage, a code of conduct for parents and spectators and possibly something that's a phone line," said Barnes.

"It's really just looking at what do we need to do to make sure that everyone feels comfortable out in all of the park board facilities."

Barnes says her reasons for including the bit about the push-ups and oranges was simple.

"That's what I thought would be a good way to bring attention to a very serious issue."

In the end the motion was passed three to two.

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