Board Meeting Highlights
May 9, 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 - May 9, 2005

CHAIR'S REPORT

A reception is being held this week for the Tai Chi community to present an update on the Tai Chi Arbours project at Queen Elizabeth Park.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Several Park Board related matters are on Council and Committee agendas this week including the Revised Homeless Action Plan, Kerrisdale Park and Point Grey Secondary School License Agreement, and the 2005 Park Board Capital Budget.

STAFF REPORTS

Brockton Totem Pole Gift Shop
A five year licence extension was granted to Destination Canada Gifts Inc. to operate the Gift Shop at the Brockton Totem Poles site in Stanley Park. The gift shop was opened in 2001 along with food service, public washrooms and an Interpretative Court showing the history of the First Nations people.

Old Hastings Mill Store Museum
The Board approved a 20 year extension of the license agreement with the Native Daughters of BC Post #1 for the use of a portion of Hastings Mill Park for the Old Hastings Mill Store and Museum. The historic museum, built in 1865 and owned by the Native Daughters, is the only Vancouver building in existence today that survived the Great Fire of 1886. On display is a unique collection of early BC pioneer artifacts, with volunteers telling the story of this important part of Vancouver's history. A lease for the land has been in-place since 1940.

Riley Hillcrest Master Plan
The Board approved the Riley Hillcrest Nat Bailey Stadium Parks Master Plan for the purpose of massing and siting buildings, and confirmed the location of the legacy Olympic Curling Venue. The Master Plan, developed in the context of extensive public process, sets the stage for a significant renewal of recreational infrastructure. Post Olympics the Master Plan creates a campus with two new buildings which will include a community centre, community ice rink, curling club, aquatic centre, branch library, district office and fieldhouse. The plan retains Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver Racquets Club, Millennium Sports Facility and the current inventory of playfields and ball diamonds in Hillcrest Park. The existing Riley Park Community Centre, Percy Norman Pool and Vancouver Curling Club will be demolished, returning the building sites to a community green space. To address the parking and traffic issues, a stakeholder/community group will be formed to work with Park Board and City Engineering staff. The Board will also request that City Council make a major improvement to the adjacent Ontario Street Greenway.

Science World Walkway
An information report was received in which Science World requested a temporary closure of the seawall on the west side. The closure, to take place from June to September 2005, will allow use of the deck area for an extreme outdoor sports exhibit. The Park Board has also been working with Engineering Services to develop improved pedestrian and bicycle routing at the front of Science World to reduce congestion and increase safety.

Health and Safety Accomplishment Report
The Park Board continues to see positive results in reduction of injuries to staff. This achievement is attributable to management and union commitment to safety through promoting health and safety awareness, participating in training and consulting with front line staff. Since 2000, goals to reduce workplace injuries have not only been met but exceeded, making the Park Board a leader in the City in this area.

Architect for Kerrisdale Community Centre
The contract was awarded to Chernoff Thompson Architects for phase three renovations to Kerrisdale Community Centre. Architectural services will cover renovating the pottery studio and fitness centre women's change room, more floor space and a wheelchair lift for the fitness centre, and constructing a glazed wall in the lobby to provide separation between the front counter and the children's play area.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular meeting of the Park Board is at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 30th at Hastings Community Centre.

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