Board Meeting Highlights
September 25, 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 - September 25, 2006
The newly renovated tennis courts at Lost Lagoon, funded through a donation
from the estate of Charles Franklin Moore, were dedicated. The redeveloped
Falaise Park Wetland in East Vancouver was officially opened Sunday.
Recently received National Merit Awards from the Canadian Society of
Landscape Architects were a recognition of the outstanding design, creativity
and vision in three downtown park projects: Stanley Park Salmon Stream,
George Wainborn Park and Harbour Green Park 2. September 27th marks
the 117th anniversary of the opening of Stanley Park.
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
Park Board related item on Council and Committee agenda this week: Olympic
Legacy Funding report.
On the most recent Finance Committee agenda were Jericho Arts Centre
proposal, 2007 Operating Budget Process and Golf Plan. Planning Committee
agenda items included Trillium parksite and Ceperley Playground Air
Plaque unveiling and dedication ceremony honoured the late Charles Franklin
Moore's legacy gift to the Park Board for the refurbishment of the Lost
Lagoon Tennis Courts.
Hillcrest Complex Design
The Board approved the Development Permit Design for the Hillcrest
Park complex, which will house the 2010 Winter Games curling events.
Post Olympics, the building will be converted to a multi-purpose recreation
facility to include the new Riley Park Community Centre, community rink,
branch library, curling club and Percy Norman Aquatic Centre. To be
built to LEED Gold standards, this particular version of the complex
will be presented to the community in an Open House on October 4th.
Olympic Legacy Projects: Funding Options
A funding strategy was endorsed to realize the Vancouver Olympic Centre
complex, including its legacy conversion, as well as the replacement
of the Killarney and Trout Lake rinks. The strategy was developed to
address major cost escalations in the construction industry which have
significantly affected these Park Board projects. Through the funding
package, the Park Board gains over $105 million worth of planned infrastructure
renewal, with the City and Park Board contributing 59% of the money,
with the Federal and Provincial governments through VANOC contributing
41%. The Park Board's portion ($21.46 million) will come from some reallocation
of the 06 - 08 Capital Plan, combined with energy savings in the LEED
Gold facility, and bridge financing from the City. Staff will report
back on a fundraising strategy with Park Board community partners including
VANOC, and the Federal and Provincial governments, to reduce the amount
of bridge financing. Staff will also report back on the concept of a
partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) that would
see UBC not replace Empire Pool; UBC would reallocate those monies to
the Park Board to relocate Canada's national swim facility, now at UBC,
to the new Percy Norman Pool complex.
2006 Operating Statement as at August 31
The Board received for information the financial statements for the
first eight months of 2006. Revenues are at or above budget for all
areas except golf with the greatest increases over last year in concessions,
parking and leases. Expenditures of all types are up, with utilities
showing the greatest increases. Staff will continue to monitor the Board's
financial position and are projecting to meet budget at year end.
Fundraising and Development Status Report
The year to date status report for fundraising and development was received
for information. Revenues raised January through August totalled $600,000
from established programs and new initiatives, with support from the
community continuing to grow. The Board approved the ongoing allocation
of $30,000 to establish a regular part time administrative position
for fundraising and development, and also approved the transfer of surplus
funds to an interest bearing account to maximize revenues provided through
A Motion regarding the involvement of Park Board restaurants, concessions
and club houses in the Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise conservation
program was referred to Planning Committee, and staff directed to report
back on the merits of the program.
The next regular meeting of the Park Board
will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 2, 2006
at Douglas Park Community Centre.