Board Meeting Highlights
OCTOBER 15, 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 - October 15, 2007

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Chair passed on the Board's condolences on the recent death of Sanitation Services Supervisor Bob Wilson, a 28-year Park Board veteran. He acknowledged the return to work of inside and outside staff after the end of the civic strike, and welcomed them all back. In mid-September, the Board was represented at the H2V fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes event held at English Bay beach.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Park Board related items on Council and Committee this week include:  2008 Operating Budget Schedule and Public Consultation Options, and Trout Lake Rink Replacement. The General Manager updated the Board on the nearly complete resumption of Park Board services across the city, including special promotions and events to welcome patrons back. She acknowledged and thanked the Board, management and staff for their patience and cooperation over the past three months.

STAFF REPORTS

Trout Lake Rink
The Board approved a number of recommendations relating to the $2.86 million funding shortfall for the Trout Lake Rink, which will serve as a practice facility for the 2010 Winter Games: a revised project budget of $15.94 million was approved to realize the project; a donation of $250,000 was gratefully accepted from the Grandview Community Centre Assocation; a request will be made to Council to allocate up to $2.86 million towards the project from the VANOC contribution to the post Olympic conversion of Hillcrest Centre; and, the rink will be built to LEED Silver standard, and the entire Trout Lake complex (rink and community centre) developed to meet LEED Gold.

Trillium Parksite - Temporary Location for VPD Dog Squad
The temporary use of part of the Trillium Parksite was approved for the Vancouver Police Department's Dog Squad facility while their new permanent home is being designed and built. The East Vancouver location, presently being developed for two artificial playing fields, will be used for two years by the VPD unit.

Stanley Park Celebration - Donor Recognition
The Board approved an interim plan to honour the contribution of donors to the Stanley Park Restoration project. Over the next two months, the plan includes development of a stewardship report for all of the 6,450 donors, a restoration site tour for the $10,000+ donors, and a tree planting ceremony for the $1 million+ donors.

MOTION

The Board put forward a Motion to ensure an ongoing liaison is established between the City Council representative on the Metro Vancouver Park Committee and a Park Board Commissioner. The motion carried.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, October 29, 2007 at 2099 Beach Avenue.

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