In a unanimous decision at its recent board meeting, the local Parks Board has voted unanimously to designate Sunset Beach as gay and nude through the summer months.
“We had originally thought we would start in April, but we knew we would be fools to consider it given how unpredictable Vancouver can be in the spring,” said a Parks Board spokesperson in a statement.
Hearing from local groups over the past several years, the Parks Board has said the gay nude beach is long overdue and something that they believe will be welcomed by an aging population in the West End.
With the only gay nude beach in the area in the relatively inaccessible area of Wreck Beach near the University of British Columbia, the Parks Board recognizes the aging nudist population that are no longer able to navigate the steep trails and steps necessary to get to the secluded area.
“This will go a long way to helping the older gays who have a hard time accessing Wreck Beach,” said the statement.
Final details on the plan are still to be worked out, with an idea still floating that would see Sunset Beach only be designated as a gay nude beach every second Thursday from May through September.
More information on the plan can be found on the Parks Board website.