Board Meeting Highlights
January 17, 2005

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 - January 17, 2005


The General Manager outlined some Items affecting the Park Board at this week's Council meeting including amendments to the employee travel policy, financial commitment by the city to the tsunami relief effort, development of the 2005 Operating Budget, False Creek Ferry Dock agreement, McBride Park traffic, and appointment of councillor liaison to the Musqueum Band.


Jericho Sailing Centre License Renewal
The Board approved renovations as part of the building upgrading program for this popular facility dedicated to encouraging recreational sailing and boating. The renovations will improve many of the basic support areas such as washrooms and the elevator at the Centre, focusing on better access for the disabled. As well it will add a rooftop safety/observation deck. Costs (estimated to be $575,000) will be covered by the Jericho Sailing Centre Association. Subject to receiving proof of complete project funding in place, the Board extended the current license agreement with the Association to September 30, 2015.

Oak Street and 37th Avenue Park Site
The design and public facilitation process for the Oak and 37th Avenue park site was approved, with required funding for such consultancy to be provided by the Conseil Scolaire Francophone and the Vancouver Ultimate League. The two groups would like to develop, in partnership with the Park Board, recreation facilities on the largely undeveloped, natural 11.75 acre site - play fields and a running trail for the school, and four playing fields for the sport league.

8th and Fraser Parksite Naming
The recent completion of the park site at 8th and Fraser in East Vancouver makes it time to name the greenspace. The Board approved the name Sahalli, which is from First Nations Chinook jargon meaning 'high ground'. The park will be officially opened in the Spring.

Purchasing Policies
The Board approved formal implemenation and updating of Park Board purchasing policies related to contracting goods and services, hiring consultants, and the administation of consultants contracts - all reflecting current standard practice. A new Energy Efficiency Purchasing Policy was also adopted. All policies are in line with comparable and applicable City of Vancouver policies.

Theatre Under the Stars Agreement Extension
An information report was received, whereby the Park Board has extended the current operating agreement with TUTS for the 2005 season to facilitate efforts by the theatre group to raise funds for rebuilding Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.


Commissioner Poaps put forward a motion that the members and chairs of the three Park Board Committees be as follows for the remainder of 2005:

Finance Committee: Anita Romaniuk, Chair; Loretta Woodcock, Heather Deal
Planning and Environment Committee: Loretta Woodcock, Chair; Suzanne Anton, Eva Riccius
Culture and Recreation Committee: Heather Deal, Chair; Allan De Genova, Lyndsay Poaps.
The Motion was carried.


Commissioner Woodcock has been appointed to sit on the city's Joint Council on Childcare.


The next regular meeting of the Park Board is at 7:00 pm on Monday, January 31st at 2099 Beach Avenue.