Board of Parks and Recreation
Special Meeting
Monday, May 31, 2004 at 8:00 pm


A recording of the Agenda is available at 604-257-8507

  1. The Future of Hastings Park:  Park Restoration, the PNE, and the Horse Racetrack  [1.8Mb]
    Staff report dated May 28, 2004 recommending that the Board adopt the recommendations listed in the report. (See also City Administrative Report dated May 6, 2004.)

The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Riccius:


  1. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), through its annual Community Excellence Awards Program, provides an opportunity to showcase municipalities and regional boards who, through their business and customer service practices, display excellence in local government and create successful pathways for others to follow;
  2. One of the awards categories is "Best Practices", and "web site design" is included in that category;
  3. The Park Board has created and managed its own web site to provide public information about its meetings, policies, programs, parks, and services since 1997;
  4. The Park Board web site is the most popular, comprehensive and accessible source for the public seeking information about Vancouver's parks and recreation system;
  5. Park Board staff have, over the past year and a half, undertaken the major task of reviewing, reorganizing and redesigning its web site;
  6. The web site's innovative use of technology, intuitive navigational elements and comprehensive content; its added new menus and links for improved accessibility and feedback; its clean, contemporary design; and its dynamic home page photo "feature" boxes of upcoming events, news and features that are updated weekly set a high standard for local governments; and
  7. The Mayor of Vancouver has provided written endorsement of a Park Board submission in the UBCM's Community Excellence Awards Competition for 2004 for its web site redesign.


  1. This Board endorse the submission of an application for a UBCM Community Excellence Award - Best Practices for its redesigned web site; and
  2. This Board respectfully request the UBCM's acceptance of this application by June 4, 2004.

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