Board Meeting Highlights
July 17, 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 17, 2006


Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week include: Roles, Relationships and Responsibilities Review Committee; Youth Days in Council; Gingerbread House Day Care; Visual Identity Program for the City of Vancouver; replacement of Firehall #15; Collingwood Neighbourhood House Recreation/Gymnasium; City Budgets May 2006 to-date; and City Budgets 2007 proposed process. The General Manager also reported the Park Board is participating in the Equitas Human Rights Tool Kit program, a needs assessment being carried out in four Canadian cities, around reducing racism and cultural conflict through games and activities at summer day camps.


Killarney Ice Rink and Lobby Reconstruction
The Board approved the schematic design plans for the Killarney Ice Rink and Lobby. The new rink will provide practice space for the 2010 Games; post Games, the rink will convert from Olympic to community recreation mode. The new lobby will join together the pool, community centre and rink. This last phase of the facility's redevelopment is being built to LEED Gold standard.

Contract Awards Approval for Nelson Park and Oak & 37th Park Site during Summer Recess
The General Manager was authorized to award construction contracts for the upgrades of Nelson Park, to a maximum of $650,000 and Oak & 37th Park Site, to a maximum of $750,000, during the Board's summer break. Construction on both projects will begin this summer.

Trout Lake Consultant Contract
The Board entered into a contract for full consulting services for the design and construction adminstration of the Trout Lake Ice rink and schematic design for the future new community centre with Walter Francl Architect for a fee of $1.277 million. The rink will provide practice space for the 2010 Games; post Games, it will be retrofitted to convert from Olympic to community recreation mode. The complex is being built to LEED Gold standard.

Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre: Snowy's Lounge Kitchen Upgrades
Renovations to the kitchen in Snowy's Lounge at Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre will proceed, funding to come from a $294,500 donation from the Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre Association. The Association will upgrade the facility to commercial grade in order to implement a unique meals program for seniors and the underprivileged.

Approval of Statutory Rights-of-Way in Jericho Beach Park
A statutory right-of-way was granted to protect an exisiting sewer interceptor in Jericho Beach Park to the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District. Another right-of-way was granted to protect a City sewer in the park, to the City of Vancouver. These changes legally protect access to inspect, maintain and repair the utilities and services within the wooded park.

Captain Cook Park: Update on Gingerbread House Daycare
To reflect changes to the structure of legal agreements, the Board rescinded a 2004 resolution concerning the relocation proposal for the Gingerbread House Daycare, adjacent to Captain Cook School and Park. Under the new arrangement, the Park Board will grant the license to the City for the outdoor play area, and the City will sub-license to the childcare operator. A "no build" convenant will also be registered over a portion of the park, to separate any future building from the outdoor play area.

MOU with Conseil Scolaire Francophone for Oak & 37th Park Site
The Board approved the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Conseil Scolaire Francophone (CSF) and the Park Board, for the development, maintenance and long-term use of the sports field and perimeter trail at the Oak & 37th park site. As a partner, CSF will make a financial contribution in return for use of the play field predominately during the school year.


As a follow-up to the Motion at the last meeting about initiatives to make parks safer, Commissioner Robertson asked staff to investigate a cell phone loaner program, similar to the one in place at the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.


The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, September 11, 2006 at VanDusen Botanical Garden.