Board Meeting Highlights
March 6, 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 - March 6, 2006


The Chair commended staff on the spectacular lighting of the English Bay Inukshuk last week, as part of the countdown celebrations to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.


Park Board-related items on recent Council and Committee agenda include the eight month deferral of the decision on the permanent closure of Waterloo Street at McBride Park, and the application to the World Health Organization to become a community partner in their Age-Friendly Urban Project (see below).


2006 Capital Budget
The Board approved the 2006 Capital Budget of $15,150,000, plus commitments totalling $281,000 from partner organizations. This amount represents year one of the $80 million 2006-2008 Capital Plan which is the major source of funding for parks and facilities renewal, expansion and major maintenance projects. Highlights of this year's proposed work program include: park renewals at Nelson, Victoria and Oak & 37th; playground renewals at Bobolink, George, Kitsilano Beach and Rupert Parks; repair of grass playfields; instrastructure upgrades to paths and roads in Stanley Park; master plan for John Hendry Park; design for the VanDusen facility renewal; major facility maintenance and life-cycle replacements; and design for the Olympic legacy facilities (Killarney and Trout Lake rinks, Riley Hillcrest curling venue and Percy Norman pool).

2005 Accomplishments Report
The General Manager outlined the Park Board's numerous achievements over the last year, guided by the direction of the new Strategic Plan. The approval of the historic high Capital Plan was a highlight - the result of many years of planning by which the organization will not only keep pace with infrastructure renewal but accelerate those efforts with Olympic-related projects. She thanked staff, volunteers, partners, Commissioners and the City for collectively helping to reach a level of activity and excellence in 2005.

2005 Operating Budget Year End Position
The Board received for information the report on the year end financial position. As of December 31, 2005, the Park Board recorded a surplus of $541,000, attributed largely to savings in utility and city equipment costs ($427,000). The remaining $114,000 surplus represented approximately 0.2% of the Board's net operating budget. A number of revenue-related challenges during the year such as for golf, concessions, parking, leases and Bloedel Conservatory were offset by increased recreation revenues.

World Health Organization: Age-Friendly Urban Community Project
An endorsement was given by the Board, subject to Council's agreement, for the City's application to become a BC Community Partner in the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Urban Community Project. An age-friendly community is characterized by supportive and enabling physical and social evironments - including settings, services and products for daily living. If the proposal is successful, Vancouver's efforts to improve the city's ability to age-in-place will be showcased and the city can learn best practices in other communities around the world.


Commissioner Herbert moved that the Park Board investigate and report back on establishing an e-mail system whereby the public can sign-up on the web site to receive e-mail notification specific to neighborhood, stakeholder group or other criteria as the case may be when motions are coming to a Committee or the Board, or public consultation is happening on issues that afect these groups. The Motion was defeated.

Comissioner Woodcock moved that the Park Board request staff to work with the City's Equal Employment Office on ways to recognize and celebrate women on International Women's Day for the year 2007. The Motion was defeated.


The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 20, 2006 at 2099 Beach Avenue.