Board Meeting Highlights
February 14, 2005

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 - February 14, 2005

CHAIR'S REPORT

The public is invited to the February 16th meeting of the Culture and Recreation Committee at Langara Golf Course where the Final Report of the Joint Operating Agreement Task Force will be presented.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

A number of items affecting the Park Board are before Council and Committees this week: application for a Provincial Grant for the Aquarium's new Discovery Education Centre; 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games update; setting of moorage fees for the Heather Marina; policy report on Sustainable and Ethical Purchasing; report on dangerous dogs; bikeway through Chilco and Cardero mini parks; and City initiatives (such as homelessness) related to recommendations in the 'Practicing Democracy - A Legislative Theatre Project' report.

Cheque Presentation
A cheque for $176,357 was presented to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, from the Bright Nights event in Stanley Park. This past December was the seventh year that the Fire Fighters partnered with the Park Board to raise money, from a share of Christmas train revenues and visitor donations.

STAFF REPORTS

2004 Accomplishments Report
On behalf of all Park Board staff and volunteers, the General Manager reported out on the achievements over the past year, highlighting many accomplishments against the five strategic areas: building a service focused organization; developing partner and stakeholder relationships; upgrading parks and recreation facilities; future financial sustainability; and changing the way we work.

2004 Operating Year End Report
The report on the preliminary 2004 year end financial position was presented. The Park Board had a small surplus of $238,000 for the year ending December 31 - 0.5% of the total $52 million net budget. There were a number of revenue challenges in 2004 but Board revenues were $228,000 above budget. On the expenditure side, the Board ended the year with savings of $10,000. Close monitoring of the budget will continue to minimize potential service disruption and allocate resources effectively.

Vancouver Friends of Life Society
The Board approved a 10 year lease renewal for the Friends of Life Society for the use of historic Weeks House on Barclay Street. The society operates a health and wellness centre offering support to people living with life-threatening illnesses and their caregivers.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular meeting of the Park Board is at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 28th at Douglas Park Community Centre.

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