Board of Parks and Recreation
Regular Board Meeting
Monday, October 31, 2005 at 7:00 pm

AGENDA (REVISED)

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  1. Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board held on Monday, October 17, 2005 .
CHAIR'S REPORT
PRESENTATION

Go Play! Campaign

STAFF REPORTS
  1. Aquatic Services Renewal Plan Update
    Staff report dated October 20, 2005 recommending that the Board approve recommendations A to C.
  2. Improvements to Dog Offleash Program
    Staff report dated October 18, 2005 recommending that the Board approve recommendations A and B.
    Appendix A - Criteria for Selection of Appropriate Off Leash Dog Sites
  3. Skateboard Strategy for Vancouver
    Staff report dated October 20, 2005 recommending that the Board approve recommendations A and B.
    Appendix A - Skateboard Strategy for Vancouver
  4. Sequoia Grill and Seasons in the Park - Rent Review
    Staff report dated October 19, 2005 recommending that the Board approve recommendations A to G.
    Appendix A - Sequoia Grill - Landscape Maintenance Area
  5. Facility Development Coordinator
    Staff report dated October 19, 2005 recommending that the Board approve recommendations A and B.
MOTION

The following Motion was put forward by Commissioner Woodcock at the meeting of the Board held on Monday, October 17, 2005:

WHEREAS whales and dolphins are highly intelligent animals with complex social lives;

WHEREAS public opinion on whales and dolphins in aquaria has changed over recent decades as we have learned more about cetacean physiology and social patterns;

WHEREAS animal activists in Vancouver have repeatedly advocated for former park boards to hold plebiscites in order to give the residents of Vancouver the opportunity to express their opinion on the ethics of keeping cetaceans such as whales and dolphins in captivity in Stanley Park;

WHEREAS it is recognized that the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is an autonomous, well-run, world-class facility situated in Stanley Park, with staff who provide the best care possible to the mammals under their supervision;

WHEREAS on October 6, 2005 the Vancouver Aquarium publicly unveiled new conceptual designs that include expanded whale and dolphin facilities, to be completed by 2010;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Park Board recommend to City Council that a city-wide plebiscite be held during the 2008 civic election on the question of whales and dolphins being kept in captivity in Stanley Park, with a goal of testing public opinion in the interests of long term planning for the next lease renewal with the Vancouver Aquarium in 2015;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the plebiscite ask the following yes or no question, "Are you in favour of phasing out the containment of whales and dolphins in Stanley Park?".

The following Motion is being put forward by Commissioner Woodcock:

WHEREAS since the Fall of 2003 the Park Board has been going through an extensive public consultation process to determine appropriate locations throughout the city for installation of turf sport fields;

WHEREAS the Park Board is in need of sites for lit synthetic turf playing fields;

WHEREAS since the Summer of 2002 there has been a planning process for East Fraserlands to develop a concept plan for a residential community and public amenities;

WHEREAS the East Fraserlands Subcommittee was formed to solicit Victoria/Fraserview/Killarney community input for the EFL development proposal and design plans;

WHEREAS on October 12, 2005 the East Fraserlands Urban Design Workshop indicated one unlit playing field adjacent to a future school;

WHEREAS the EFL Subcommittee voiced a desire for a lit synthetic turf playing field in addition to the school playing field;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Park Board staff investigate the possibility of adding a second field with lights in the EFL site prior to the formal submission of an ODP application.

IN-CAMERA MEETING

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:

(g) litigation or potential litigation affecting the city.

ENQUIRIES, OTHER MATTERS AND NEW BUSINESS

 

NEXT MEETING: November 28 , 2005 at 7:00 pm

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