Board of Parks and Recreation
Regular Board Meeting
Monday, December 13, 2004 at 7:00 pm


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

  1. Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board held on Monday, November 29, 2004 .
  1. Commissioner Romaniuk to report on past year's operations.
  1. The following are excerpts from the Board's Procedure By-law:
    " The General Manager shall call the first Board meeting of the year to order and conduct the meeting for election of the Chair or until an acting Chair is appointed. The General Manager shall proceed in the same manner whenever the chair is vacant until the Board fills the vacancy."

    "The presiding officer of the Board shall be its Chair who shall be elected by a majority vote from among the Board members present.

    The election of Chair shall be by ballot and shall take place at the first meeting in December of each year but if the vote is indecisive, the election shall take place at the next or subsequent meetings until the matter is determined.

    If a Chair is not elected at the first meeting, the Board shall appoint an acting Chair who shall conduct the Board's meetings until a Chair is elected.

    The term of the Chair commences on the date of the election as Chair and terminates on the date of the first meeting in December next ensuing or, if in the last year of a term of office as a member of the Board, at the end of the term of office.

    If the office of Chair becomes vacant, the Board shall forthwith elect a new Chair on the basis herein described.

    The Chair shall vote on all questions submitted and shall have the same rights and be subject to the same restriction on participating in debate as other members of the Board."

    "There shall be a Vice Chair elected in the same manner and for the same term as the Chair. The Chair shall preside during the election of the Vice Chair.

    When the Chair is unable to carry out all or any of the duties of the presiding officer, the Vice Chair of the Board or in the absence of the Vice Chair, such other appointed Board members, shall act for the Chair until such time as the Board makes other arrangements.

If the office of Vice chair becomes vacant, the Board shall forthwith elect a new Vice Chair on the basis herein described."

  1. Year 2005 Board Meeting Dates
    The Board to approve the Year 2005 Board Meeting Dates.
  1. Transportation Demand Management
    Staff report dated November 26, 2004 recommending that the Board adopt the City's proposal to participate in the TransLink Employer Transit Pass Program, as outlined in the November 2, 2004 report to Council.
  2. Olympic Youth Legacy Update
    Staff report dated December 3, 2004 recommending that the Board receive the report for information.
  3. East Fraserlands Policy Statement
    Staff report dated December 8, 2004 recommending that the Board approve recommendations A to C.
    Appendix A - Council Report: East Fraserlands - Policy Statement
    Appendix B  [1.5Mb] - East Fraserlands DRAFT Policy Statement, December 7, 2004
  4. Park at Fraser Street and 8th Avenue: Dedication for Lane Purposes
    Staff report dated December 3, 2004 recommending that the Board support the dedication of a 2.5 feet strip for lane purposes from two lots that form part of the park at Fraser Street and 7th/8th Avenues in order to increase the lane width from 15 feet to the standard width of 20 feet.

The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Woodcock:

Whereas International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8 since 1909 to recognize women as makers of history, and is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world, commemorated at the United Nations, and designated by many countries as a national holiday;

And, Whereas Rosemary Brown served as MLA from 1972 to 1986 in Vancouver and Burnaby, and was the first black woman elected to a Canadian Legislature and a passionate defender of human rights and an inspiration to British Columbians;

And, Whereas Rosemary Brown was a regular user of her local parks and public recreation facilities, meeting other park patrons and using these encounters to enrich her knowledge of the community she served, swimming in Park Board pools and partaking in numerous exercise programs, she advocated to her community the importance that public park and recreation facilities play in enhancing the quality of life in Vancouver;

Therefore Be It Resolved That the Vancouver Park Board request staff to report back on naming a park, to coincide with International Women's Day, in Rosemary Brown's former riding of Vancouver Burrard to honour and recognize her dedication to women and people of colour who were inspired by her role as an activist, educator and role model.

The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Romaniuk:

Whereas the B.C. Ministry of Community, Aboriginal, and Women's Services is discontinuing $280,000 in funding of the "Buddy Program" effective December 31, 2004; and

Whereas the Buddy Program serves more than 1,000 youth a year, ages 9 to 19, from immigrant families by pairing them with peers in local schools, community centres, and neighbourhood houses, thus helping them to interconnect with other young people in their community and providing learning opportunities and experiences that benefit all of the young people involved; and

Whereas participants in the Buddy Program include the most vulnerable new immigrant youth in the community; and

Whereas eight of the Park Board's community centres (Riley Park, Ray-Cam, Thunderbird, Sunset, Mt. Pleasant, West End, Britannia and Strathcona) participate in the Buddy Program; and

Whereas the Park Board's mandate includes providing services that are inclusive of all residents of Vancouver and promote understanding and appreciation of our diverse multicultural population;

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Park Board urges the provincial government of B.C. to restore funding of the Buddy Program; and

Therefore Be It Further Resolved that a letter outlining the Park Board's support for the continuation of funding for the Buddy Program be sent to the Premier of B.C. and the Minister of Community, Aboriginal, and Women's Services, with copies to the MLA's of the constituencies of the affected community centres*.

*Primary Contractors:

Riley Park - Vancouver-Kensington and Vancouver-Fairview
Ray-Cam - Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant
West End - Vancouver-Burrard

*Secondary Contractors:

Thunderbird - Vancouver-Hastings
Sunset - Vancouver-Langara
Mt. Pleasant - Vancouver-Fairview and Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant
Britannia - Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant
Strathcona - Vancouver-Mt. Pleasant

THAT the Board later this evening go into a meeting which is closed to the public, pursuant to Section 165.2 of the Vancouver Charter, to discuss matters related to paragraph:

(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the Board considers that disclosure might reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the city.

(h) litigation or potential litigation affecting the city.



NEXT MEETING: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 7:00 pm.

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