Board Meeting Highlights
february 25, 2008
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
The Chair reported on the second annual meeting of Active Communities Vancouver held this week which highlighted the many initiatives of the program to inspire and equip residents to get 20% more active by 2010.
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
Park Board related items
on Council and Committee agenda this week
are 2009-2011 Capital Plan process, and
EcoDensity next steps. The General Manager
also outlined City and Park Board plans to
mark International Women's Day in early March.
On the agenda of the last Committee meeting were: Paddle Presentation by Chris Cooper, Oppenheimer Park design, Brockton Oval vision, Burrard Marina capital infrastructure, Capital Plan, World Triathalon event, and Commemorative Naming of two community facilities.
A cheque for $270,868.81 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 celebrated its 10th year in 2007.
2008 OPERATING BUDGET
As the result of a tie
vote, the Board did not approve this
year's interim Operating Budget estimate
of $59.3 million, which is subject to Council
approval. The estimate was based on $58.6
million Basic Budget, plus $.5 million
for Added Basic costs, plus $.3 million
for New and Non-Recurring costs. Overall
it represents a 3.05% increase compared
to 2007 levels, delivering the same progams
with no reductions in staff positions.
After Council decides on the level of funding
for the Park Board (on April 1st), staff
will report back to the Board and seek
direction on allocation of the 2008 budget
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2007
A report on the Park Board's 2007 year end financial position was received for information, including statements for the Operating Budget, Donations program and Stanley Park Restoration project. The Operating Budget was significantly affected by the 12 week work stoppage both in terms of services to the public and financial results. As of December 31st, the Park Board recorded a small operating budget deficit of $74,181 or 0.1%.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS REPORT 2007
Signficant progress was made last year against
the Strategic Plan and Board priorities,
despite the widely felt impacts of the
three month civic strike and devasting
windstorm in Stanley Park. Some highlights
of 2007 achievements: continued focus on
getting Vancouverites more active, completion
of the new Van Tech artificial turf field,
sucessful fundraising program, opening
of the new Sunset Community Centre, QE
Park Plaza and Air India Memorial/Ceperley
Playground, energy saving initiatives at
facilities, and a number of awards which
The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 2099 Beach Avenue.