Board Meeting Highlights
May 1, 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 - May 1, 2006


The Chair thanked the Strathcona Community Centre for hosting the first in the 2006 series of Community Board Meetings. Last week, the Park Board co-hosted the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) annual symposium, which focused on exploring effective partnerships and sustainable alliances. General Manager Susan Mundick is outgoing President of BCRPA. The 57 member Park Board Sun Run Team placed second amongst 39 corporate teams in the Government Division in the annual fun fitness event. This week, the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will recognize the efforts of many community heroes.


On the Planning Committee agenda were Dog Task Force terms of reference, Air Show at Spanish Banks, and Burrardview Park Day Care. On the Finance Committee agenda was the 2006 Operating Budget.


Park Board-related items on Council and Committee agendas this week are the Draft Strategic Plan for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the naming of Yaletown Canada Line Station.


Concession Strategy Study
The Board approved the implementation strategy contained in the Concession Strategy Study prepared by the JF Group, for changes to Park Board food delivery. A different, more entrepreneurial relationship is recommended to address expectations by customers for more food and service choice, to rebuild the aging concession infrastructure and to provide a good financial return to the Park Board. Among the plans are a new restaurant in Harbour Green Park near the convention centre expansion, a new concession on English Bay, a partnership for the Aquarium Plaza location, bundling of the group of concessions for Point Grey sites, developing a business case for Sunset, Second and Third Beach concessions, and phasing out of the warehouse/distribution centre.

2006 Operating Budget
The Park Board Global Budget for 2006 was approved at $54,878,800, representing an increase of 2.7% over last year. This includes $956,800 for Added Basic costs and one time adjustments, and the New and Non-Recurring (NNR) budget of $370,000. The level reflects a reduction of $400,000 as directed by Council which will be achieved through operating efficiencies in such areas as arboriculture, irrigation, park amenities maintenance, administrative support in community centres, and wildlife. In addition there will also be a reduction in funding in the implementation of the Ethical Purchasing policy; reduction for the Park Board's share of city-wide increase in allocated turnover savings, and reduction for the graffiti management program. The budget allows the Board to maintain the current level of park and recreation services with minimal adjustments.

Active Communities
The "Active Communities - Action Plan for Vancouver" report was approved; the Board requested Council approve the action plan and request consideration of funding to support implementation. Staff will also seek additional support from other levels of government and partner organizations to fully implement the recommendations, and report back to the Board on annual report as to progress of the initiative. New Active Communities programs will include the Fitness and Adventure Passport aimed at school aged children and other groups, Step Out walks throughout the city, key annual events such as Active Communities Month in October, and an Athletes in Vancouver program. Existing active living programs such as the GetOut! youth initiative and Go Play! recreation marketing will be enhanced. The Active Communities program will enable Vancouver to lead the province in achieving the goal of increasing physical activity levels of residents 20% by 2010.

Conceptual Plan for Nelson Park
After extensive consultation with the public and the Vancouver School Board, the conceptual design for Nelson Park, prepared by Durante Kreuk landscape architects, was approved. The redevelopment will include a water feature, plaza, off-leash dog section, entry areas and lighting. Next steps will be detailed designs and construction drawings with a target to install the upgrade this summer.

Memorial South Park Field House
The small and aging field house in Vancouver East's Memorial South Park will be decommissionerd and the 1,600 square foot area restored to greenspace.


Commissioner Herbert moved that the Park Board request Council to reconsider its decision on the elimination of the Child and Youth Advocate and Youth Advocate Mentor position. The Motion was deferred to the next meeting.


The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 15, 2006 at Kensington Community Centre.