The Vancouver park board will consider putting the ‘s’ back in Spanish Bank.
Park commissioner Aaron Jasper is bringing a motion to the board Monday recommending that the name for the popular set of beaches along the shores of English Bay be reverted back to its plural form.
The beach area in the West Point Grey neighbourhood was named Spanish Banks Beach Park when it was leased to the park board in 1929.
Jasper said in 2006, the park board renamed it to Spanish Bank based on research that reviewed old navigation charts that referenced the singular version.
According to Jasper, West Point Grey resident Maurice LeGallais had been trying to have the original name restored for several years. He added LeGallais pointed out that the use of Spanish Banks has historical roots and locals have always referred to it in the plural form.
Jasper said he wants to give LeGallais an opportunity to tell his story during the board meeting.
If the motion gets approved, Jasper said the board won’t be tearing down signs and replacing it with new ones.
“On the website, it’ll be changed immediately,” he said. “We will be making corrections to the tourist maps. Over time as signs need to be replaced, we will make the correction to the plural.”