Board Meeting Highlights
October 16, 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 16, 2006

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Chair welcomed a visiting delegation of elected officials and staff from Minneapolis parks and recreation. Today the City and Park Board launched the annual Diwali festival of lights, celebrating Vancouver's diversity. Last week, the Active Communities inititative was launched to inspire and encourage residents to step up their levels of physical activitiy towards the provincial and city goal of '20% by 2010'.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week included: consolidated citizen service centre/3-1-1 service to improve accessibility; and budget update.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

A review of park safety concerns was discussed at the last Planning Committee meeting.

STAFF REPORTS

Marketing Plan for Golf Courses - Appointment of Consultant
The appointment of a consultant to prepare a marketing plan for the three public golf courses was deferred to the next meeting to give more time for discussion with golf operations staff. The plan will help promote the competitive advantages of Langara, Fraserview and McCleery - reasonable rates, central locations and individual style of each course - and increase rounds and revenues.

Trillium Park Site Development
The Board approved a consultation and design process for the development of the Trillium park site in East Vancouver, as a sport and recreation park serving the needs of existing and emerging residential areas around the False Creek basin. The public process is intended to enable planning for this site which has been in Park Board inventory for more than a decade, with development stalled due to a lack of community consensus on what the park should become .

Southeast False Creek Rezoning of the Olympic Village Site
The Board recommended to Council to approve the rezoning application for the Olympic Village site with its new location for the 2800 m² (30,000 ft²) community and non-motorized boating centre and relocation of the seaside route bikeway onto the waterfront. These changes, which have public support, serve as an improvement from a park and recreation perspective compared to the Official Development Plan.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 2099 Beach Avenue.

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