Board Meeting Highlights
July 11, 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 - July 11, 2005


Canada's Park Day is Saturday, July 16 - the Park Board is celebrating by hosting two interpretive Tall Tree walks in Queen Elizabeth Park. Premium on-line golf reservations have been introduced, allowing tee time bookings six to thirty days in advance.


A number of Park Board related agenda items are at Council and Committees this week, including: cost escalation for the new Sunset Community Centre, records management by-law and policy, Plaza of Nations land use study, new Animal Control by-law and amendments, and City employee recruitment campaign.

At last Council meeting, a resolution was added to the 2006-2008 Capital Plan to include a public consultation question about the future of the Mount Pleasant Pool.


Falaise Park Wetland Concept Plan
The Board approved the Concept Plan for Falaise Park in East Vancouver. The Park Board and consultant have worked with residents to develop a wetland garden concept to enhance local habitat, capture surface run-off, improve park aesthetics, provide educational opportunities and enable greater community use. In four garden areas there will be plants and grasses, pathways and boardwalk and a meadow. Construction will begin in September.

Pandora Park and Playground Update
The Concept Plan was approved to address the community's desire for increased use and enjoyment of Pandora, an East Vancouver neighborhood park. Improvements will be concentrated in the four acre park's central core and will include replacement and relocation of the playground, new pathway, more picnic and seating areas, retention of all mature trees, increased connections to other portions of the park, reduction of hard surfaces and additional trees, flowering shrubs and greenspace. Work will begin in early Fall.

Sunset Community Centre Cost Escalation
Replacement of the Sunset Community Centre is a high priority for the Park Board. Plans are to build the new facility to LEED Gold standards. Construction escalation has increased the costs signficantly over the last 18 months. Funding to-date is from the Canada/BC Infrastructure Grant and original 2006-2008 Capital Plan. The Board endorsed recommendations in the Council report which approved an additional allocation of $3 million to fund the shortfall; and acknowledged the generous contribution of $500,000 from the Sunset Community Centre Association towards the centre replacement.

Operating Statements as at May 31, 2005
For the first five months of the year Park Board revenues are down, influenced by poor Spring weather. Programs such as golf, concessions and leased operations have earned $550,000 less than in the same period of 2004. Strategies are in place to address the revenue shortfall and contain related costs. Expenditures are aligned with the budget. It is anticipated that a shortfall in revenues, offset by savings in expenditures, will produce a balanced budget by year end.

Lawn Bowling Clubs
The leases for seven lawn bowling clubs were approved for five more years: Dunbar, West Point Grey, Kerrisdale, Granville Park, Vancouver, Vancouver South and Stanley Park. These clubs provide a valuable recreation service to the public.

Memo of Understanding (MOU) Oppenheimer Park
The Board received an information report on a Memo of Understanding (MOU) for Oppenheimer Park. The small park in the Downtown Eastside has long served as a recreational and social centre for the community. The MOU will help the Park Board and Carnegie Centre, which operates a year-round program in the park, work together more effectively, share goals and expectations, and coordinate effort. Roles and responsibilities will be clarified around a number of key issues such as priorities of use, community involvement, communications, maintenance, special events and sevice planning. The Oppenheimer Park Committee will be integrated as a Park Board ParkPartners organization.


The next regular meeting of the Park Board is at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 25th at Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre.