Board Meeting Highlights
July 10, 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 - July 10, 2006

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Park Board supports the recent move by the Federal Government to offer an apology to Chinese immigrants who paid a Head Tax to enter Canada between 1885 and 1923. The Park Board continues to celebrate diversity, and to demonstrate high standards of access and zero tolerance of discrimination in our programs and services.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Park Board-related itema on Council and Committee agenda this week include:  update on Animal Control Services Strategic Plan, license agreement for the new artifical turf sport field at Vancouver Technical School, Sport Hosting and Vancouver Sport Strategy, Science World Annual Review, and funding for 2009 World Police and Fire Games.

STAFF REPORTS

Prospect Point Café - Rent Review and Lease Extension
The Board approved a rent of 8% of gross revenue for the Prospect Point Café through to November 30, 2009; and approved a five year renewal option to November 30, 2014 based on a minimum capital expenditure of $500,000. All building deficiences identified in a recent inspection are to be completed by May 1, 2007. These improvements will provide an enhanced level of service at the popular restaurant/food take-out/gift shop in Stanley Park.

Aquarium Revitalization and Expansion Proposal:  Technical Review and Consultation Process
The recommendation to endorse the technical review and public consultation process around the proposal to revitalize and expand the Vancouver Aquarium was referred to the September 11th Board meeting, so that the technical review can be completed and made public prior to the public consultation process. The technical review, lead by Park Board staff, will evaluate elements and impacts of the planned project. An in-depth and broad consultation, co-managed by the Park Board and Aquarium, is proposed to gather public input and level of support for the proposal.

Parks Control By-Law Review (Section 9)
The Board approved that an evaluation of the Parks Control By-Law Section 9, governing marine mammals in captivity, be part of the technical review and public consultation process for the proposed Aquarium revitalization and expansion. A public discussion of the 10-year old by-law will help assess its future relevance and clarify wording.

Vivian Creek Reinstatement
An amount of $150,000 has been allocated from the Water Conservation Capital account to partially fund the reinstatement of Vivian Creek at Fraserview Golf Course. A failure of a culvert caused a wash-out of the creek last year on the #1 fairway. The reinstatement project will involve installing culverts, constructing spill pools, repaving the cart path and developing a retention pool.

Statutory Right-of-Way in Queen Elizabeth Park
The Board approved temporary access by the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVSDD) to Queen Elizabeth Park for the construction of a watermain and valve chamber; and approved the granting of a statutory right-of-way in perpetuity to GVSDD. Part of the watermain upgrade, a key component to the regional water supply system, is being coordinated with the Canada Line construction project. Rights-of-way allow for inspection, maintenance and repair of utility corridors and underground services that run through parks.

Stanley Park Drive Reconstruction
Sandpiper Contracting has been awarded the contract for reconstruction of 600 lineal metres of Stanley Park Drive from the Nine O'Clock Gun to the Totem Poles Visitors Centre, for a price of $522,255. The project will begin after Labour Day.

MOTIONS

Commissioner Robertson moved that the Park Board direct staff to report back on initiatives that staff are taking to make our parks and open spaces safe and secure and identify opportunities to partner with other agencies i.e. Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Police Department. The Motion carried.

Commissioner Zlotnik moved that the Board endorse the Park Board's application for a UBCM Community Excellence Award for the 2005 Annual Report. The Motion carried.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 17, 2006 at 2099 Beach Avenue.

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