Board Meeting Highlights
July 5, 2004

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 5 , 2004

STAFF REPORTS

Olympic Youth Legacy
The Board approved the 2004-05 Olympic Youth Legacy (OYL) framework and action plans and encouraged its local sport and cultural partners to embrace them. A collaborative effort of City and Park Board staff, OYL will begin with pilot programs (including late night ice skating, athletes in residence and ice painting in rinks), consultation, research and communications. Youth, community groups, government and business will assist in ensuring more active involvement by youth in sport, physical acitvity, cultural programs and the arts. A staff person will be appointed to coordinate the plans.

Changes to Bus Parking Charges
Proposed changes to 2005 bus parking rates in Stanley and Queen Elizabeth Parks were referred back to next week's Finance Committee meeting for further discussion. The changes include increases to daily and annual pay parking passes for tour buses in both parks, and the introduction of a new charge for 'hop on, hop off' tour buses in Stanley Park.

Wildland Fire Preparation
An information report was presented, outlining the fire planning, prevention and protection activities in place for our large urban forests including Stanley, Everett Crowley, Jericho Beach and Pacific Spirit Parks. The Park Board, Vancouver Fire & Rescue and the GVRD are working together to enhance levels of readiness in case of a fire outbreak. This includes sharing information, resources, training and equipment. An emphasis will be placed on public education around fire safety in heavily forested areas. The report will also go to Council this week. (Take a look at our newly developed Fact Sheet: Fire Season in Vancouver's Urban Forest 2004 ).

Proposal to Extend Dog Off-Leash Hours
Following public consultation in the various neighborhoods affected, the Board approved a number of changes to the current dogs off-leash program. The off-leash hours were extended to be all day (6 am to 10 pm) at five sites: 37th & Oak, Sunset Park, Locarno Park, Quilchena Park and Musqueam Park. Balaclava Park's off-leash hours will continue the same as now (7 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 10 pm). And, at Vanier Park, current summer off-leash hours were retained but will be extended to be all day starting October 1st for the winter months.

Ticket Prices/Structure at Hallowe'en Ghost Train and Bright Nights
The Board approved a new ticket price and simplified price structure for Miniature Railway special events over Hallowe'en and Christmas. There will now be only two rates - adult and discount (for children, youth and seniors).

Kingcrest Park Upgrade Concept Plan
The concept plan for the proposed upgrade of East Vancouver's Kingcrest Park was approved. It includes a new playground, upgraded playing field, perimeter walking path, better demarcated dog off-leash area, dog fountain, sports court, improved corner entrances, more trees and benches, improved washroom facility and better drainage.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at Killarney Community Centre on Monday, July 19, 2004.

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