Board Meeting Highlights
October 18, 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 - October
The Chair invited residents to attend the October 28th Dollars &
Sense Park Board Open House at Trout Lake Community Centre to give their
views and priorities on the 2005 Operating Budget. She also reported
that there were several upcoming Open Houses on the new South
East False Creek project - October 19th and 23rd. And, the Park
Board participated with SPEC in a successful native shrubs planting
and shore clean-up on east False Creek in conjunction with the recent
American Bar Association conference in Vancouver.
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
The General Manager outlined a number of matters on Council's Agenda
this week which affect the Park Board. They include McBride Park traffic
calming measures, planning process around Oakridge Centre, a new Santa
Claus Parade, revival of a First Night event, Celtic celebration for
St. Patrick's Day, Sea Vancouver festival, and water conservation.
The Board repealed the Freedom of Information and Privacy By-law enacted
by the Park Board in October 1988. In 2003, the Board enacted a new
by-law based on amendments to the Freedom of Information and Protection
Act of British Columbia. Making the old by-law obsolete eliminates any
confusion to members of the public between the two by-laws.
Bequest from the Estate of Charles Franklin
The Board accepted a very generous donation from Charles Franklin Moore,
who left 10% of his estate for beautification and maintenance of parks.
A retired engineer, Mr. Moore was an active tennis player and lived
close to Stanley Park. Staff have worked with his family to determine
the best way to reflect his wishes and recognize the gift, estimated
to be between $450,000 and $500,000. His donation will be used in part
to completely renovate the four tennis courts at Lost Lagoon, with the
balance to set up an endowment fund for recreation activities in parks,
creating a permanent legacy from the gift.
Queen Elizabeth Park Celebration Pavilion
The Board approved a financing model to pay for the new Queen Elizabeth
Park 'Celebration Pavilion'. The facility will be a new venue for weddings,
memorial services, award ceremonies and other commemorative events in
the park, already a very popular location for such events. The year-round
pavilion at the highest point in Vancouver will offer seating for 100
people indoors and have a lawn area for outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
It is expected to be completed in late 2005. The project is part of
the Park Board's capital program at the top of the newly rebuilt GVRD
reservoir at QE Park, which also includes a plaza, fountain, sculpture
settings and parking lot. To construct the Celebration Pavilion, the
Park Board will loan $1.4 million from its reserve accounts. The loan
will be paid back over a time of 7-10 years from the revenues collected
from use of the Pavilion. The Board will charge interest to the project
which will be added back into the reserve funds.
The next regular meeting of the Park
Board will be held at 2099 Beach Avenue on Monday, November