Board Meeting Highlights
January 30, 2006

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 - January 30, 2006


The Chair reported that the Southeast False Creek Official Development Plan (ODP) had been amended but will still include a full-size community centre, non-motorized boating facility, park acreage and levels of funding for park development. The ODP will next go to public hearing.


On Council and Committee agendas this week are several Park Board-related items including a presentation on the upcoming Olympic flag handover and 2010 countdown celebrations February 26 to March 10, which will feature free skating sessions at all city rinks and lighting of the Inukshuk at English Bay; and the preliminary estimates for the 2006 Operating Budget, which will ask for direction to Corporate Management Team to report back on options and public participation process around budget development - final budget report goes to Council on April 20.


Nat Bailey Lease Agreement
A one year lease extension was granted to the Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club to permit the ongoing operation of the team at Nat Bailey Stadium for the 2006 season. This was necessitated by the expiration of the existing lease, while staff are completing discussions around a future long-term lease with interested parties.

Fundraising and Development
A progress report was given on the success of the last 12 months of fundraising and development efforts. An action plan was approved for future initiatives and opportunities, including continuation of the Gifts for Parks Program, submitting grant applications, and developing and implementing campaigns for special projects. The Board approved establishing a full-time position for Manager of Fundraising and Development, and an ongoing allocation of $175,000 from the Park Amenity Reserve to establish the program.

Park Land Acquisition Strategy
A draft report for discussion on "Park Land Acquisition Strategy for Vancouver" was received. Objectives of this visioning report are to define park acquisition policy and select park priorities over the long-term. The report described the many purposes of parks which are considered the building block of our parks and recreation system, and laid out possible choices and recommendations for land acquisition. The Board instructed staff to undertake a widely notified public consultation process to obtain maximum public feedback on the draft strategy - workshops are planned for March.

Community Board Meetings
Over the last three years, a series of 18 board meetings have been held out in the community, to increase public participation and to make it easier for residents to attend meetings. The Board approved that staff explore holding one such community board meeting per month by extending an invitation to community centre associations to host them over the 2006-2009 period, and that staff report back with a plan to finance the meetings based on the number out in the community.


The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 27, 2006 at 2099 Beach Avenue.