Board Meeting Highlights
November 15, 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 - November 15 , 2004


Sunset Community Centre Design
The Board approved the design for the new community centre and commissioned Bing Thom Architects to carry out the work. Along with the new Killarney Pool and the development at #1 Kingsway, the Sunset Community Centre is one of the cornerstones of the Park Board's strategic renewal plans. The architect presented a model of the schematic design, which he says was inspired by the shape of leaves on a tree. The building reflects this, with curved roofs and four parts radiating out from the central branch. Some integration with the Sunset Nursery operations is also planned. Next step is Development Permit application. The project will be built to the LEED Silver standard of sustainability. Construction is targetted to begin in Spring 2005 on the stunning new facility, with an opening planned for mid 2006.

Allocation of CAC from Arbutus Gardens
The Board will request that Council approve the allocation of the remaining Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) collected from the development of Arbutus Gardens towards improvements at Quilchena Park and Kerrisdale Community Centre. $240,000 will be directed to improve functionality at Kerrisdale and will include upgrading of washrooms and changerooms in the fitness centre, and the renovation of the kiln room and pottery studio. $215,612 will be directed to top up previous funding for upgrades to Quilchena (including a skateboard park), which will go back out to tender in Spring 2005. Improvements at Prince-of-Wales Park, previously recommended to be done from part of the CAC funds, will be deferred in light of the two foregoing projects.

2005 Fees and Charges
Following further review by the Finance Committee, the 2005 fees and charges were approved, adjusted as per inflationary increases (projected at 2.75%), comparable market rates, operating costs and issues, and feedback received from residents. In keeping with the Board's initiatives for youth, such as Youth Legacy and MoreSports programs, and the market review, staff were asked to review and report back to the Board on options to reduce fees and charges for youth, with an eye to implementing a policy change in time for the 2006 budget.

Cumming Family Donation
The Board received an information report on the recent donation from the Cumming family of Wyoming. Staff worked with the family to create a special amenity for Stanley Park using their $25,000 donation: three elegant steel benches, a low steel and concrete table placed on a blue stone patio and walkway approach, located in a natural recess between the Pitch & Putt and the Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden. The family was most appreciative of staff's ideas and attention to the project, and pledged another $25,000 for a nearby refuse container and mainenance of the trio of benches, as well as an additional $25,000 for an another worthwhile project at the suggestion of the Stanley District Director. This gift demonstrates the benefits of encouraging creativity and flexibilty in matching meaningful projects to donors.


Commissioner Poaps put forward a motion that the Park Board endorse and participate in the 2006 World Peace Forum, and work on ways, such as providing facility space, to engage the community in the Forum. The Peace Forum, organized by the City of Vancouver's Peace and Justice Committee and the World Peace Forum Society, is being put on in conjunction with the United Nations Human Settlement Program World Urban Forum, coming to Vancouver in June 2006. Community Associations will be advised about ways to get involved in the Peace event. The motion was carried.


The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at Renfrew Community Centre on Monday, November 29, 2004.

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