Board Meeting Highlights
February 27, 2006
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 - February
27 , 2006
In a special event last week, the Park Board recognized and honoured
its retiring and 25 year service employees. As part of the City's Celebration
Week festivities to mark the handover of the Olympic flag and countdown
to 2010, the Park Board offered free public skating sessions at all
rinks on Sunday, and will be lighting up the English Bay Inukshuk at
a ceremony on Wednesday.
The Finance Committee agenda items included
the proposed cell phone tower at Fraserview
Golf Course, review of the 2005 Operating
Budget, and 2006 Operating Budget. Recent
Planning Committee agenda items included
concessions strategy study, Nat Baily/Hillcrest
design development, Arts and Seniors health
project, China Creek South options for
redevelopment, Stanley Park heronry plan,
Pigeon Park design, Trout Lake Master Plan
and Active Communities initiative.
A cheque for over $205,000 was presented
to the BC Professional Fire Fighters'
Burn Fund, proceeds from the annual Bright
Nights in Stanley Park event. The Park
Board's partnership with the Fire Fighters
is now is its 8th year, with more than
$1 million raised to-date.
The 2006 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Recognition was presented
to the Park Board for restoration of the exterior of the Rose Garden
Cottage in Stanley Park. Built in 1932, the rustic building is one of
the most photographed facilities in the park.
The President and Project Manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre
Expansion Project Ltd. provided a project update to the Board. The $615
million waterfront space, featuring a 6 acre living roof, will improve
access to city parks and Coal Harbour, and connects downtown to the
waterfront, Harbour Green Park and Stanley Park. A new restaurant is
also planned in the complex which is expected to be completed by 2008.
Emergency Social Services Program
The Board received for information a report
on the Emergency Social Services (ESS)
Program. This program assists people in
the event of an emergency or disaster
to remain independent and self-sufficient,
meet basic survival needs, reunite with
families, get information and re-establish
themselves. Park Board communnity centres
are designated as safe haven Reception
Centres for evacuees if and as needed.
Local ESS teams are members of the municipal
and provincial Emergency Response Management
System. The Park Board's Emergency Plan
incudes roles and responsibilities of
Commissioners and all departments during
an emergency response as well as preparedness
and recovery initiatives.
The next regular meeting of the Park Board
will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 6, 2006 at
2099 Beach Avenue.