Board Meeting Highlights
October 2, 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 - October 2, 2006


Park Board related item on Council and Committee agenda last week included: Active Communities Vancouver report, and this week reports on YouthPolitik and Get Out! Youth Legacy program.


Killarney Ice Rink Design and Lobby Reconstruction
The Board approved the Development Permit schematic design for the Killarney Ice Rink and Lobby. The new rink will provide practice space for the 2010 Winter Games; the replacement lobby will join together the recently built pool, community centre and new ice rink. After the Games, the rink will convert to community recreation mode. The approved design drawings for the $10 million project will be displayed at a public open house planned for early October. Construction will start after the 2006/2007 skating season; target completion date is before the 2008/2009 hockey season.

YouthPolitik Program
The City's YouthPolitik program for 2006 was endorsed and Commissioners appointed to participate in events scheduled for November. Park Board involvement in the pilot program will help ensure 100 of Vancouver's young citizens, ages 14 to 19, learn about civic government - through a series of fun events, workshops and skill-building activities, and matching with elected officials.

Get Out! Program - Evaluation and Next Steps
The Board received an evaluation report for the pilot year (2005/2006) of the Get Out! youth legacy program. The goal of the innovative program was to increase participation levels for inactive and diverse young people in arts, sport, culture, recreation and communitiy activities - thereby improving health, well-being and leadership capacity. In total, more than 3,500 youth took part, with 29 grants given out, 21 new recreation programs developed and 20 Youth Action Teams created. Get Out!'s principles and objectives were approved along with continuing staff participation on the interdepartmental steering and technical committees. External funding partners and funded programs will be sought.

Stanley Park Commemorative Donation at Ceperley Playground
The Board considered and approved a change in the nature of the project from a commemorative donation to a memorial that will include the names of the victims of the Air India tragedy. This project will move forward in keeping with the Park Board's review guidelines for the donation of public art or memorials (which determine the merit of a proposed donation and its fit in a specific park site). Staff were directed to seek external funds for the public consultation portion of the project to replenish spent funds from the original $800,000 budget. Staff will spend a minimum of 80% of the budget on refurbishment of the Ceperley Playground and associated landscaping improvements.


The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 16, 2006 at 2099 Beach Avenue.