Board Meeting Highlights
July 25, 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 - July 25, 2005

CHAIR'S REPORT

The new Kitsilano Beach Watermark restaurant, concession and changerooms opened last week to positive reviews. Starting this week, the Park Board will again offer free 'Monsters in the Meadow' movies in Stanley Park; and the annual HSBC 'Celebration of Light' fireworks will begin on beaches and waterfront parks.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Items at Council and Committee over the last 2 weeks included budget adjustment and contract award for the #1 Kingsway civic centre project; additional funding for construction of the new Sunset Community Centre; new Animal Control By-laws (referred to September); and approval to proceed with a Naming Rights and Sponsorship Policy for city-owned buildings.

PRESENTATION

Vancouver Public Library (VPL) is again putting on their annual city-wide 'One Book One Vancouver' program. On behalf of VPL, Commissioner Romaniuk presented copies of this year's book choice "Obasan" to Board members.

STAFF REPORTS

Pay Parking Agreement
The Board approved the award of the contract to manage its pay parking operations to Ideal Parking, dba as Central Parking System, for a second five year term commencing December 1, 2005. The management fee is set at 6% of the revenues collected and the company can retain 100% of parking violation fines collected. Where applicable, Ideal is authorized to recover from parking violation recipients the fee charged by ICBC for providing vehicle owner information. The company is committed to installing all new pay stations in the Park Board's lots to take advantage of new technologies, reducing fraud and delivering better service to users. The Board also requested that staff pursue alternate models of city-owned and operated pay parking operations for the park system and report back prior to issuing the next Request for Proposal for parking. Approximately 4,300 pay parking spaces are in Vancouver parks.

Purchase of Rolling Stock for Stanley Park Miniature Railway
The miniature train in Stanley Park will get a new engine and three new carriages, with the approval of a loan of up to $90,000 from the Park Board's Donation Reserve account. The new rolling stock was found in the US after a long search . It will give extra capacity to the train, particularly for the popular Ghost Train and Bright Nights events.

Special Event - VSO Performance
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will perform a free evening concert at Lumbermen's Arch on Sunday, August 7th. The last time the VSO played a similar concert in Stanley Park was in 2001 - a successful event in terms of location and attendance.

Percy Norman Aquatic Centre Architect Selection
Staff have concluded that potential cost-savings can be derived from an integrated approach to designing and building the new Percy Norman Aquatic Centre and the new Olympic Curling legacy facility. Designing and building the two facilities at the same time is advantageous to the Board and to VANOC, with savings from single design fees, project management costs and construction costs. As part of the draft 2006-2008 Capital Plan, the new pool is included as a project and the Park Board and Council have yet to finalize the plan which requires approval by the public in the Fall civic election. In order to meet the 2010 time table, the Board approved that the General Manager be authorized to select the architect. Preliminary design needs will be funded prior to the November plebiscite through reallocation of monies from the Major Maintenance Painting account and from the Cathedral Square account.

Kerrisdale Park/Point Grey Secondary School Artificial Field Construction Contracts
Contracts were awarded to start construction on the long awaited artificial fields at Kerrisdale Park/Point Grey Secondary School: to Wilco Landscape Contractors for civil work and lighting - $1.2 million, and to Fieldturf Inc. for supply and installation of the synthetic turf - $543,000. Work will start in the next month or so.

Coal Harbour Balustrade Railing Rehabilitation Contract
The historic Coal Harbour balustrade between Devonian Park and the Vancouver Rowing Club is in disrepair. The quarry providing the rock was closed for over 20 years but has reopened. A contract was awarded to Van Den Kerhof & Son Masonry for a new railing which will be a replica of the appearance of the original balustrade originally constructed in 1916. Construction is expected to start in September and be completed in November.

MOTION

Commissioner Poaps put forward a motion that staff report back on September 19th on the revised policy on Community Gardens, and on license agreements with community gardens including the Strathcona Community Gardens Society for the ongoing use of Strathcona Gardens with consideration of a term of no less than 20 years.

Strathcona Gardens recently marked their 20th Anniversary, and are recipients of the Mayor's Environmental Award and award from the Vancouver Heritage Commission for their heritage apple collection. The Motion carried.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular meeting of the Park Board is at 7:00 pm on Monday, September 19th at 2099 Beach Avenue.

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