Board Meeting Highlights
May 30, 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 30, 2005

CHAIR'S REPORT

At the 23rd annual Volunteers Award Banquet on May 26th, more than 35 volunteers were honoured and recognized for the vital role they play in the Park Board system.

STAFF REPORTS

Stanley Park Ecology Society
The Board received for information the Ecology Society's preliminary Vision for a Nature Interpretation Centre in Stanley Park and approved a recommendation to complete a study to develop the site-specific options and financial models for the project. In essence, the Society, now housed in cramped quarters above the Stanley Park Pavilion and in the small Nature House on Lost Lagoon, would like expanded interpretive facilities in a more central location nearer to transit and other Park amenities to provide higher visibility and better public access. Last year the Ecology Society led over 11,000 Stanley Park visitors on discovery walks and reached over 10,000 children through its ongoing school program.

Sea Vancouver Festival
A new event focussing on all things nautical was approved unanimously. It will include a tall ship display and numerous related activities on and near Vancouver's beaches at Kitsilano, Hadden, Vanier, Creekside and Jericho Parks. The new Sea Vancouver Festival will run from July 6 – 10 from 11 am to 8 pm and feature festival zones primarily positioned around the False Creek Basin to Kits Beach and at Jericho Beach Park. Arts and performances will be mixed with water-based sports and regatta events. The Board emphasized that the few "gated" events and other public access restrictions be kept to a minimum and ameliorated, where possible, which organizers agreed to.

Park Development Plan for 37th Avenue & Oak Street – Decision Referred to June 13th
Over 35 delegations attended the Community Board meeting to express their views on a staff report which included a recommendation and concept plan for the 11.23 hectare park site located just south of Eric Hamber School and across the street from VanDusen Botanical Garden. The recommendation, the result of extensive community consultation, allows for mixed park use with 56% natural areas, 19% formal sports field area with 25% devoted to community park, meadow and other areas. Half of the delegations were heard by the Park Board but the late hour prompted the Board to refer the remaining delegations to the next Park Board meeting scheduled for June 13th.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular meeting of the Park Board is at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 13th at 2099 Beach Avenue.

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