Board Meeting Highlights
July 19, 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 - July 19, 2004


8 + 1 Planets - Special Event
The Board approved the display of a giant inflatable globe representing the Sun in Vanier Park this Fall, as part of a touring entertainment/ educational exhibition. The first installation of the 'planet lantern' from October 2 to 9 is in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress Convention. Next year from September 2 to 11, a larger exhibition will be placed along Coal Harbour Park and by Hallelujah Point in Stanley Park: all the planets and the Sun and Moon will be represented by large (36 ft - 52 ft diameter) globes illuminated 24 hours a day for the duration of the show.

Donation of Public Art by Chilean Consulate and Chilean Community
The Board accepted the donation of a public artwork called "Neruda's Papers" from the Chilean Consul General and the large Chilean community in Vancouver. The steel sculpture on a stone platform will be located at the south end of waterfront Cardero Park. The gift is to recognize the 100th anniversary of the birth of renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a Nobel Prize winner and diplomat.

Open Spaces Sculpture Exhibits
The Board approved the development of an agreement with the non-profit Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale to allow opportunities for residents to enjoy a wide range of sculpture in parks. The group was given a 10 year mandate to mount five to eighteen month temporary installations from world sculptors on parks and beaches throughout the city, including New Brighton, CRAB, Vanier, Spanish Banks, English Bay, David Lam, Harbour Green and Sunset Beach Parks. This expands the term and scope of previous popular one year exhibits along English Bay and Coal Harbour.

Capital Construction Cost Escalation
To address the problem of major cost escalations on Park Board construction projects, the Board approved a way to add funding to high priority capital works. They requested Council set up a cost escalation fund of $1,041,000, sourced from the TransLink payment related to the recent Eburne Lands purchase. The Eburne funds are subject to the Board reserving an equivalent amount ($1,041,000) of 2003 - 2005 land acquisition money for park acquisition/development in Marpole and/or along the Fraser River. The initial allocation of this fund would go to allow the Park Board to complete three current renewal projects: Killarney Pool $550,000, Victory Square $60,000, and Queen Elizabeth Reservoir $431,000.

Killarney Pool
Subject to Council's approval of the new cost escalation fund (see above) the Board approved the execution of a construction contract to Smith Bros. and Wilson (B.C) for the new Killarney Community Swimming Pool. At $9.2 million, it will be one of the largest infrastructure projects in many years for the Park Board and give the community and the city a state-of-the-art aquatic facility with many environmentally sustainable features. As well, the Board gratefully accepted a donation of $450,000 towards construction from the Killarney Community Centre Society.

Changes to Bus Parking Charges
Phased increases over the next two years were approved to tour bus parking rates in Stanley and Queen Elizabeth Parks, starting in 2005. The Board also approved a new requirement for companies offering 'hop on, hop off' style bus tours in Stanley Park to purchase bus access passes; this will be phased in over three years starting 2005. Buses carrying students from educational institutions are exempted from pay parking requirements.

Purchasing Policy
The Board approved a process to work with Council in developing and implementing a policy for sustainable and ethical purchasing (as approved by Council in June). The policy applies to procurement of apparel and fair trade agricultural products. The Board also requested Council to add a Park Board Commissioner to the Policy Task Force to prepare and present the draft purchasing policy to the Board incorporating environmental and social objectives.

Operating Budget - Update
An information report was received on operating accounts for the period ending June 30, 2004. Golf revenues continued strong. The closure of Renfrew and Killarney Pools have resulted in some savings but also in reduced revenues. Staff are closely monitoring the budget and the projection to year end, based on current information, is to have a balanced budget.

Bates Park - Right of Way
The Board approved the granting of a statutory right-of-way in perpetuity to the City over a portion of Bates Park, a small greenspace in East Vancouver near the Second Narrows Bridge. The right-of-way will allow for travel and utility functions but will not interfere with the function of Bates Park as a nature park.


A motion related to the future of the East Fraserlands was passed. The Park Board endorsed the inclusion of the following objectives into the terms of reference for the community needs assessment planned for this area.

  1. public parks per the park standard of 2.75 acres per 1,000 residents
  2. community centre space at existing city-wide level of service, inclusive of Park Board city-wide pool and rink strategies
  3. park programming that covers a broad range of parks uses from ecological restoration, eco system features to passive and active recreation
  4. community needs assessment to be conducted in a public process
  5. results of the assessment to be reported to the Park Board


There is a Special Board Meeting scheduled tomorrow night July 21. There will be no Board meetings in August. The next regular Board meeting will be held on Monday, September 20, 2004 at 2099 Beach Avenue.