Question about Burnaby Parks

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#1 Fri, 2017/04/28 - 5:08pm
campbelj
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Question about Burnaby Parks

I was caching around Burnaby Lake yesterday and I noticed in the logs that someone said that Burnaby Parks is no longer "supporting" geocaching and that existing caches are grandfathered. What does this mean?  Are people no longer able to hide new caches in Burnaby Parks?  What did the City of Burnaby do previously to "support" geocaching? I realize this is probably old news to some people but its the first I've known about it. Just wondering....

Fri, 2017/04/28 - 11:46pm
Highlander71

Question about Burnaby Parks

I went and had a look at the logs for a couple of the caches you found to see what you are referring to and I can understand your concern. I believe the cause of your confusion was Mudrock1 who was urging the CO(s) to fix up their caches before a reviewer had to intervene and archive those caches that weren't actively being maintained. Back in 2013 we had a brief period of uncertainty with Metro Vancouver, not the City of Burnaby, regarding their concern about having too many caches located in close proximity within those parks that are under the "Metro Vancouver" umbrella. What eventually evolved from those discussions was a clearly-stated policy that Metro Van would welcome geocaches when they are placed with at least 500 metres of separation from each other. This policy can be read here: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks/ParksPublications/GeoCachin...

The "grandfathering" Mudrock1 referred to means that because the Cache Shrink series had been approved and in place before the 2013 policy was introduced, each cache in the series could remain active and in play according to geocaching.com guidelines (i.e. 165 metres of separation). However, any of those pre-exising caches that are deemed "no longer being actively sought" could be archived and the proximity rules for future caches in that area of the park would revert to MV's 500m distance.

Basically Mudrock1's concern is if we don't look after the 60-odd caches that exist today and they get archived, the 500m rule would allow room for only about 20 new ones to replace them.

I hope this helps to clear things up a little.

Fri, 2017/05/19 - 11:50am (Reply to #2)
campbelj
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Thanks

Thanks for the clarification. That makes sense. I am happy to know that geocaching isn't banned in Burnaby Parks. :-)

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