Board Meeting Highlights
April 2, 2007
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 - April
The Chair made a speech to the Association
of Canadian Travel Guides about the impact
of the windstorms on Stanley Park and plans
for its restoration.
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
Park Board related items on Council and
Committee agenda include: progress report
on Project Civil City, and report back on
Child Care Capital Projects - Simon Fraser/Mount
Last Planning Committee meeting items were
Mount Pleasant Community Centre and Pool,
and Park Naming Process.
Four donors presented cheques to the Park
Board for Stanley Park Restoration: Fasken
Martineau DuMoulin LLP ($50,117.73), TELUS
($125,000), Coast Capital Savings ($42,406.35)
and Global TV pledged donations in the amount
2007 Capital Budget
The Board approved the 2007 Capital Budget
of $64.7 million from a number of funding
sources. The Board also requested Council
allocate $1.4 million from city-wide Development
Cost Levies (DCLs) for park development
around the renewal of Trout Lake and Killarney
Ice Rinks and the replacement of the Percy
Norman Pool. As well, the Board requested
Council allocate $4.5 million from DCLs
for development of the Trillium park site.
And, the Board accepted an additional $60,000
for Air India memorial from senior government.
The Park Board's 2006-2008 Capital Plan,
at $96.8 million, is the largest in the
organization's history. The monies will
be used to plan, acquire, construct, maintain
and renew the large and diverse system
of buildings and parks.
Stanley Park Air
India Commemorative Playground and Memorial
The concept plan for the proposed children's
playground and Air India memorial in Stanley
Park's Ceperley Meadow was approved. The
total project budget is $860,000, provided
by the Federal Government; 80% of this will
be allocated to the playground and landscaping.
The historic red fire truck, which has been
restored, will remain as a landmark. A stone
wall will bear the names of the 331 individuals
who died in the tragedy. Opening of the memorial
is planned for late July.
Operating Statement for Year Ending
December 31, 2006
For the year ending December 31, 2006, the
Park Board recorded a deficit of $247,492.
The deficit was attributed to the snow and
windstorms in November and December which
resulted in unforeseeble clean-up costs and
revenue losses. The City has agreed to absorb
these additional operating costs.
Accomplishments Report 2006
The General Manager outlined the Park Board's
numerous achievements over 2006, guided
by the Board's priorities and the direction
of the Strategic Plan. Among the highlights
in a most challenging and busy year were
a focus on active living, acceleraton of
artificial turf fields, new ways to develop
additional revenues and provide better
service, major infrastructure renewal and
Olympic planning, safer parks, preservation
of natural areas and sustainability initiatives,
and public consultation and involvement.
She thanked staff, partners, the public,
Commissioners and the City for collectively
helping to reach a new level of activity
2007 Operating Budget
The Board approved the 2007 Park Board Global
Budget of $55.8 million, including $442,100
for Added Basic costs and one-time adjustments,
and New and Non-Recurring Budget of $296,000.
This represents an increase of 1.7% over
the 2006 net Operating Budget. The budget
allows the Board to operate new and expanded
facilities and maintain the current level
of park and recreation services.
Kitsilano Yacht Club - Renewal of
The Operating Agreement with Kitsilano Yacht Club was
approved for a further five years, and modified to
reflect the use of aquatic non-motorized boating activities
(such as canoes and kayaks) as requested by the club.
Established in 1934, the non-profit group provides
recreational and competitive sailing, boat training
and instruction and related events.
A Motion was put forward to direct Park Board
staff to review and report back to the
Board on the feasibility of attaching recyclable
racks to garbage cans throughout the City's
park system. The Motion carried.
A Special Meeting of
the Park Board will be held at 7pm on Monday,
April 16, 2007
at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation