Board Meeting Highlights
April 5, 2004
The following information is intended to provide quick highlights of this scheduled Board meeting. Every attempt has been made to summarize these highlights as accurately as possible; however, the complete and official minutes will be posted on the web site on the Monday one week prior to the next scheduled Board meeting.
Meeting Agenda - April
5 , 2004
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
The budget for the Pesticide Education Program was approved by City
Council. Watch for more details soon on this new program to reduce pesticide
use on private property, an expansion of Vancouver's Grow Natural campaign.
A cheque for $142,146 was presented to the B.C. Professional Firefighters
Burn Fund, from the 2003 Bright Nights Christmas Train revenues plus
donations at the event.
Wildlife Coordinator Mike Mackintosh and representatives from the Stanley
Park Ecology Society gave an update on the Great Blue Heron Colony in
Stanley Park, where there are now a record 42 nests.
Synthetic Turf Fields
The Board approved the shortlist of 5 candidate sites for development
of synthetic turf fields, subject to agreement by the Vancouver School
Board: Prince of Wales Secondary School; Point Grey Secondary School/Kerrisdale
Park; Vancouver Technical Secondary School; Killarney Park, and Churchill
Secondary School. Public open houses will be conducted with the School
Board at these locations, along with technical evaluations. Next phase
report is due in June.
Millennium Sports Facility
The Board approved a lease arrangement with the Millennium Sports Facility
Society for up to 3 years, to permit construction of the new sports
facility which will house gymnastics and indoor bowling, at Nat Bailey
2004 Operating Budget
The Board approved the Park Board Global Budget of $48.9 million. This
represents a 3.15% increase over 2003 net operating budget. Several
program enhancement initiatives are recommended to the Board. To fund
these initiatives, the Board approves to conduct consultation on increasing
summer parking rates in Stanley Park and at Jericho Beach, and increasing
low cost swim/skate adult admissions. Staff will report back to the
Board on April 19.
Improvements at Pigeon Park and Development
of the Downtown Skateboard Plaza
The Board expressed its support for the proposal to allocate funds from
a Community Amenity Contribution for two projects: $120,000 to improve
Pigeon Park in the Downtown Eastside, last upgraded in the 1970s; and
$20,000 towards the new skateboard plaza at Quebec and Union Streets,
construction of which will start later this Spring.
The Board reiterated its support for the unification of west side McBride
Park through the closure of 2000 block Waterloo Street (which currently
divides the park in two), and requested City Council again consider
the issue with the goal of achieving unfication of the park.
The Board passed a motion to encourage the development of a number of
variations to shape the future of Hastings Park and the PNE, which would
create a sustainable, accessible and vibrant park. These variations
included clearly connecting the restored park areas, restoring Windermere
Hill and creating a stream/pedestrian corridor to New Brighton, creating
an inviting edge and welcoming entrances to the park, and accommodating
an exciting fair through potential use of existing buildings and facilities,
development of a temporary Midway, and development of a wide promenade
along Miller Drive.
The next regular meeting of the Park
Board will be held at Kensington Community Centre on Monday,
April 19, 2004.