Board Meeting Highlights
July 20, 2009

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 - July 20, 2009


The Chair reported on the recent tour by Commissioners of the new ice rinks at Trout Lake and Killarney, and the Walk with the Dragon event in Stanley Park.


On the last Planning and Environment Committee agenda were Update on Parks and Facility in Olympic Village and Dunbar Community Association Needs Assessment.


Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week: 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relay, and Budget Review to end of June. The General Manager presented the Park Board's 2008 Annual Report, recently distributed as an insert in the Courier and Ming Pao newspapers.


Temporary RV Sites for the 2010 Winter Games and Award of Contract to Operate these Sites
The Board approved the use of parking lots at Jericho and Spanish Banks East and West as temporary RV sites during the 2010 Winter Games, and awarded the contract to manage these sites to Duckworth Management Group at a cost of $134,832.

Board Meeting Audio/Video
The posting of audio/video recordings of Park Board meetings onto the public web site was approved, including live streaming video for meetings at the administration building, commencing in 2010 and subject to budget availability.

Social Media Proposal
The Board approved the use of social media, starting with Facebook and Twitter, to enhance and expand the Park Board's public consultation and advertising of major initiatives. The pilot communications program will be launched by the end of the summer.

Pandora Park Community Garden
Permission was granted to use a portion of East Vancouver's Pandora Park as a community garden; the Pandora Park Community Garden Society was given a 5 year license to operate the new garden.

Fish House Restaurant - Assignment of sublease to an affiliate company of Sequoia Company of Restaurants Inc.
The sublease for the Fish House Restaurant was assigned to an affiliate of Sequoia Company of Restaurants who will operate the classic Stanley Park facility.

Financial Statements to June 30, 2009
The Board received for information the financial statements for the period ending June 30. The Board is on track to meet the 2009 operating budget.

Kitsilano Beach Playground
The upgrading of Kitsilano Beach Playground to a universally accessible playground was approved. The renewal will be in partnership with 2010 Legacies Now and other funding partners. Design is to be completed prior to the 2010 Winter Games, with completion and official opening during the summer next year.


The Board put forward a Motion that the Board direct staff to inventory the electrical infrastructure servicing Park Board parking lots and nearby areas to identify potential capacity available and outlets suitable for electric vehicle charging and identify the costs related to installing and operating outlets for electrical vehicle charging on a test basis. The Motion carried.

The Board put forward Motions that the Board rescind the February 2, 2009 Motion establishing the Committee and appointees; and that the Park Board change the Planning and Environment Committee as follows: Commissioner Sarah Blyth (Chair), Commissioner Aaron Jasper (Vice Chair), Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon and Commissioner Ian Robertson; and that the Park Board change the Services and Budgets Committee as follows: Commissioner Loretta Woodcock (Chair), Commissioner Aaron Jasper (Vice Chair), Commissioner Constance Barnes and Commissioner Ian Robertson. The Motions carried.


The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 2099 Beach Avenue.