Board Meeting Highlights
April 30, 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 30, 2007

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Chair reported on the well-attended Earth Day celebrations at Everett Crowley and Jericho Parks, the recent ParkPartners recognition brunch, and the Red Fox Waking Finale event for Active Communities Vancouver.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week are 2007 Vancouver Sport Hosting Grant Allocations, and Downtown South Public Benefits Strategy 2007-2001 and DCL By-Law Amendment.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

The last Planning Committee agenda included Cottonwood Community Garden Expansion in Strathcona Park; last Finance Committee agenda included Golf Marketing Plan and Creation of Staff Positions.

STAFF REPORTS

Air India Memorial and Ceperley Meadow Playground
A $626,655 contract was awarded to C.A.P. Ventures Ltd. for the construction of the Air India Memorial and Ceperley Meadow Playground in Stanley Park. The project will be completed by the end of July.

Naming Policies for Park Board Community Facilities
The Board approved naming policies for Park Board community facilities - a Naming Rights Policy allowing corporations and individuals to name certain categories of property in exchange for financial consideration, and a Commemorative Naming Policy allowing property to be named in honour of outstanding achievement. The new policies (which were developed after extensive community consultation) balance public and private interests, encourage philanthropic giving while acknowledging investment in public facilities, and provide a clear and consistent framework and approval process.

Engine 374 Pavilion Agreement
A new three-year agreement was entered into with the West Coast Railway Association and the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Society to provide improved public access to and expanded programming around the historic steam engine now housed in the community centre's glass pavilion.

Downtown South: Park Strategy for 2007-2021 and Amendments to DCL By-Law
The Board approved a 15-year strategy for parkland acquisition and park development in the rapidly growing Downtown South area. The strategy's targets include building the second phase of Emery Barnes Park at Seymour and Davie Streets, acquiring and developing a small new park in City-owned land at Richards and Smithe Streets, and acquiring and developing two mini parks in the area between Granville and Burrard Streets. The Board also accepted the proposal to revise the Development Cost Levy (DCL) allocation for parkland acquisition and park development in Downtown South, on the condition that Council increases the DCL rate from $9.50 per ft² to $13 per ft² and supports other mechanisms (e.g. Community Amenity Contributions) to acquire and develop parks. This by-law revision will reflect the increasing cost to provide needed community infrastructure.

Lost Lagoon Bike Path Reconstruction
Grandview Blacktop Ltd. was awarded the $300,363 contract to reconstruct the bicycle path in Stanley Park from Ceperley Meadow to Lost Lagoon. This upgrade will improve standards for pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Victoria Park Contract Award
The Board approved the awarding of the $420,000 contract to C.A.P. Ventures Ltd. for construction of the Victoria Park upgrade. The renovation of the east-side park, developed in consultation with neighborhood groups, will include relocation of bocce courts, new picnic tables, added paths, better drainage, an arbour and fountain. A separate tender will cover new play equipment and washroom improvements.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7 pm on Monday, May 14, 2099 Beach Avenue.

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