Board Meeting Highlights
July 10, 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 - July 10, 2006
The Park Board supports the recent move
by the Federal Government to offer an apology
to Chinese immigrants who paid a Head Tax
to enter Canada between 1885 and 1923. The
Park Board continues to celebrate diversity,
and to demonstrate high standards of access
and zero tolerance of discrimination in our
programs and services.
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
Park Board-related itema on Council and Committee
agenda this week include: update
on Animal Control Services Strategic Plan,
license agreement for the new artifical
turf sport field at Vancouver Technical
School, Sport Hosting and Vancouver Sport
Strategy, Science World Annual Review,
and funding for 2009 World Police and Fire
Café - Rent Review and Lease Extension
The Board approved a rent of 8% of gross
revenue for the Prospect Point Café through
to November 30, 2009; and approved a five year
renewal option to November 30, 2014 based on
a minimum capital expenditure of $500,000.
All building deficiences identified in a recent
inspection are to be completed by May 1, 2007.
These improvements will provide an enhanced
level of service at the popular restaurant/food
take-out/gift shop in Stanley Park.
and Expansion Proposal: Technical
Review and Consultation Process
The recommendation to endorse the technical
review and public consultation process around
the proposal to revitalize and expand the Vancouver
Aquarium was referred to the September 11th
Board meeting, so that the technical review
can be completed and made public prior to the
public consultation process. The technical
review, lead by Park Board staff, will evaluate
elements and impacts of the planned project.
An in-depth and broad consultation, co-managed
by the Park Board and Aquarium, is proposed
to gather public input and level of support
for the proposal.
By-Law Review (Section 9)
The Board approved that an evaluation of
the Parks Control By-Law Section 9, governing
marine mammals in captivity, be part of the
technical review and public consultation
process for the proposed Aquarium revitalization
and expansion. A public discussion of the
10-year old by-law will help assess its future
relevance and clarify wording.
An amount of $150,000 has been allocated
from the Water Conservation Capital account
to partially fund the reinstatement of Vivian
Creek at Fraserview Golf Course. A failure
of a culvert caused a wash-out of the creek
last year on the #1 fairway. The reinstatement
project will involve installing culverts,
constructing spill pools, repaving the cart
path and developing a retention pool.
in Queen Elizabeth Park
The Board approved temporary access by the Greater
Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVSDD) to
Queen Elizabeth Park for the construction of a watermain
and valve chamber; and approved the granting of a statutory
right-of-way in perpetuity to GVSDD. Part of the watermain
upgrade, a key component to the regional water supply
system, is being coordinated with the Canada Line construction
project. Rights-of-way allow for inspection, maintenance
and repair of utility corridors and underground services
that run through parks.
Sandpiper Contracting has been awarded the contract
for reconstruction of 600 lineal metres of Stanley
Park Drive from the Nine O'Clock Gun to the Totem Poles
Visitors Centre, for a price of $522,255. The project
will begin after Labour Day.
Commissioner Robertson moved that the
Park Board direct staff to report back on initiatives
that staff are taking to make our parks and open
spaces safe and secure and identify opportunities
to partner with other agencies i.e. Vancouver
School Board and Vancouver Police Department. The
Commissioner Zlotnik moved that the Board
endorse the Park Board's application for
a UBCM Community Excellence Award for the
2005 Annual Report. The Motion carried.
The next regular meeting of
the Park Board will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday,
July 17, 2006 at
2099 Beach Avenue.