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 - January 29, 2007
The Chair reported on the recent visits to Stanley Park by the Premier and Federal Government Ministers. He also thanked Park Board crews for their hard work to date and continuing efforts to clean up Vancouver parks, gardens and street trees, hard hit by snow and wind storms.
This week, Council will be considering the Park Board's request for Stanley Park restoration funding from Federal, Provincial and City governments.
The last Planning Committee agenda included Harbour Green restaurant design and Half Marathon and Triathalon events. Finance Committee discussed Burrard Marina operations, fee structure for youth and seniors, 2006 year end budget position and 2007 budget preparation.
Arena Construction and Ice Reallocation
The Board approved that the construction of the new Killarney ice rink proceed at the earliest possible time and that the construction of the new Trout Lake rink proceed in December 2007, resulting in overlapping construction closures for half an ice season. The ageing rinks are being rebuilt as practice facilities for the 2010 Winter Games. Closures of these facilities during the demolition and construction periods impact a wide range of user groups and the public. The Park Board will continue to work with users to accommodate core hours for minor sport programs in this challenging scenario.
Sustainable Seafood Choices at Concessions and Golf Course Clubhouses
The principle of purchasing sustainable seafood was supported; the Board will encourage its operations to reflect the principle of environmentally friendly seafood choices.
Nat Bailey Stadium - Long Term Lease
A 25 year lease was approved with the Vancouver Professional Baseball Partnership for Nat Bailey Stadium. The terms include a $5 million restoration of the historic outdoor stadium, which will become part of the major new recreation and aquatic campus at Riley/Hillcrest.
Sunset Community Centre and Pool
With the completion of the new Sunset Community Centre, replacing one of the city's oldest facilities, the existing centre will be removed along with the outdoor pool (at the end of the 2007 pool season). The public will be consulted on landscaping in the new public park area for the area vacated.
False Creek Waterlot Licence
A license agreement was entered into with the Harbour Authority to use the False Creek Waterlot to access a portion of the Burrard Civic Marina.
Stanley Park Restoration Funding
The Board approved a request to Council to set up the financial framework for restoration work in Stanley Park which will take years. About about half of the estimated costs of the work ($9 million) has already been received from the generous donations and financial commitments of private and corporate donors and the Federal government. An additional $4 million in funding is being sought from the City and Provincial government.
The Board put forward a motion to revise the committee Chair and membership for each of the Finance and Planning committees effective 2007. The motion carried.
The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7 pm on Monday, February 12, 2007 at 2099 Beach Avenue.