Board Meeting Highlights
october 27, 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 website
on the Monday one week prior to the next
scheduled Board meeting.
Meeting Agenda - October
27 , 2008
The Chair reported on the
Active Communities Adventure Passport awards
to the top three schools, and ceremonies
at City Hall celebrating the start of the
Diwali festival. She also acknowledged Commissioner
Robertson on his recent recognition by BCIT
as a Distinguished Alumnus.
The Park Board received
the 2008 Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
Award of Excellence and Innovation for the
submission: Stanley Park Restoration - From
Crisis to Opportunity.
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
Park Board related items on Council and
Committee agenda this week are presentation
of the Cultural Harmony Awards and tree planting,
2008 Sport Hosting Grants, Consultant
Contracts for Hastings Park Master Plan,
and Changes to City Council Procedural By-laws.
On the most recent Committee agenda were
Stanley Park Entrance Public Art, Evaluation
of Kits Farmers' Market, Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic
Centre Program Update, Administrative Report
- Position Change, and Fees & Charges
- Policy Review.
Park Naming: 37th & Oak
and 72nd & Osler
As part of the new park naming process, the
park site at 37th & Oak was named "Oak
Meadows Park" and the park site at 72nd & Osler
was named "Ebisu Park". The work,
designed to involve the public and bring
more consistency, was led by a citizen-based
Park Naming Committee.
Vancouver Sport Hosting Grant - 2008 Allocations
The Board endorsed recommendations in the
Council Report to support a range of major
and community sporting events not eligible
under the HostingBC Program. The operating
grants, totalling $94,000, were provided
to 7 groups.
Administrative Report - Position Changes
The creation of one regular full-time position
was approved for the new Aquatic Centre
at Hillcrest Park, subject to classification
by the General Manager of Human Resources.
The addition of this specialized position
- Aquatic Centre Supervisor - is required
to lead staff at the new destination pool
complex, now being built.
Stanley Park - Hollow Tree Update
The Board received a report for information
on the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park; and
encouraged the Stanley Park Hollow Tree
Conservation Society to continue fundraising,
to prepare the required structural engineering
report (with seal of certification) on
the entire project including methodology
for straightening the Hollow Tree, and
plans and specifications for the structure
required to maintain the tree in a safe,
vertical position with discreet internal
supports, and to submit a final report
to the Board at least two weeks prior to
the end of the 60-day fundraising period
(December 4, 2008) at which time the Board
can consider approval of the concept, having
the appropriate background materials in
Motion - Golf
The Board put forward a Motion that Park
Board staff be instructed to negotiate
a Facility Agreement with the First Tee
(youth golf program) of Metro Vancouver
for the use of Park Board facilities subject
to consideration and approval by the Board.
The Motion carried.
Motion - Purchasing
The Board put forward a Motion that the Board
direct staff to review and report on identifying
opportunities to enhance the level of Canadian
content in future purchases (of goods and
services). The Motion failed.
The next regular Park Board
meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday,
November 24, 2008.