Board Highlights
july 9, 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 - July 9, 2007


The Chair reported on a media event in Stanley Park last week to mark the beginning of recovery operations in the storm damaged areas. He recognized the generous donation from Finning (Canada) and Caterpillar for the use of two log loaders to assist in the timber removal as part of the restoration efforts.


Park Board related items on Council agenda this week include Hastings Park Updated Implementation Plan and Hillcrest Curling Venue/Percy Norman Aquatic Centre Update.


Hastings Park:  Preparation of Implementation Plan
The Board endorsed the planning process and work program for the Hastings Park Implementation Plan. The three-year plan involves three phases of work: preparatory (2007), planning (2008-2009) and design (2009-2010), and sets the stage for major capital investments in the eastside park. The $1.5 million project will include broad public consultation.

Burrard Civic Marina Upgrades
Recommendations to upgrade the Burrard Civic Marina and to retain a consultant to prepare cost estimates and work plans for possible funding in the 2009-2011 Capital Plan were referred to the Finance Committee for further discussion. The proposed infrastructure upgrades include electrical, environmental, dryland operations, float layout and public boat launch improvements. An annual fee of $25 was approved for all moorage/storage applications for the 2008 season.

Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale
The Board approved public consultation around permanent sites for four Biennale sculptures. The large art pieces, which have been part of a temporary 18 month installation in parks, are being offered for long-term loan to the Park Board. Consultation will start in the Fall.

Hillcrest Curling Venue/Percy Norman Aquatic Centre Update
An update was given on the construction of the 2010 Winter Games curling venue in Hillcrest Park and the Percy Norman Aquatic Centre replacement being built at the same time. The facilities are the centre piece of community recreation legacies being provided post Games. In order to proceed with the legacy (pool) project, $1.9 million is being committed in contingency funding, to be drawn against the $10 million VANOC repayment for the legacy conversion. Any funds drawn from this source would have to be reinstated in the 2009-2011 Capital Plan.

Approval of Statutory Right-of-Way in Hillcrest and Nat Bailey Parks
The Board approved granting of a statutory right-of-way to BC Hydro in Hillcrest/Nat Bailey Parks to allow for the realignment of Clancy Loranger Way, part of the development of the new Olympic curling venue and aquatic centre.

Approval for Contract Award during Summer Recess of the Board
The General Manager was authorized to award contracts of $300,000 and greater during the Board's 2007 summer recess until the next scheduled Board meeting.


The next regular meeting of the Park Board will be held at 7 pm on Monday, July 23rd at 2099 Beach Avenue.

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