Board Meeting Highlights
november 26, 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 - November 26, 2007


The Chair reported on the Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Japanese Monument in Stanley Park on November 11, and the temporary re-opening of the Stanley Park Seawall on November 16.


Park Board related item on Council agenda this week is the Hillcrest Curling Venue/Percy Norman Pool update.


On the last Planning Committee agenda were Southeast False Creek non-motorized boating facility and evaluation of playing fields. Finance Committee items included Operating Budget 2008 and Capital Budget 2009-2011.


Active Communities Vancouver Update
The information report on Active Communities was deferred to the December 10 meeting so that the Board can receive and consider recommendations of the Vancouver Active Communities Network (VACNet). The program was launched to inspire and equip city residents and employees to become 20% more active by 2010.

The Stanley Park 120th Anniversary Celebration
To celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Stanley Park in 2008, the Board approved mounting a display of 30-36 interpretive panels throughout the park, and commissioning the Vancouver Museum to mount an historical exhibition (pending confirmation of a donation to fund the exhibition). The projects will both showcase the natural and human history of the park. An educational/interpretive legacy is part of the restoration process currently underway.

Stanley Park Restoration Progress Report - Donor Recognition asnd Stewardship
A draft progress report on the Stanley Park restoration was approved to be finalized and sent to approximately 7,000 public and private donors who provided financial support to the park's recovery.

Stanley Park Restoration - Progress Report November 2007
The Board received a six month progress report on the restoration of Stanley Park, outlining work and spending to October 31. The report references the significant actions taken to-date against the plans approved in April.

Stanley Park Restoration - Contract Extensions
A number of forestry and consulting contracts for restoration work were extended. The work has been carried out to-date on a time and materials basis to allow for more project control while allowing for response to environmental and safety challenges.

Hillcrest Curling Venue/Percy Norman Pool Fall 2007 Update
The Board received a report on the progress and financial status of the Olympic Curling Venue and Percy Norman Aquatic Centre project. Plans call for the curling venue to be complete in December 2008, with the pool slated for completion in June 2009. Additional funding will likely be needed to realize the curling venue; discussions are currently underway between VANOC and the City on this potential shortfall.

Trout Lake Ice Rink Award of Contract
Bird Construction Company was awarded the $2.2 million contract for the first part of reconstruction of Trout Lake Ice Rink, including demolition, excavacation, site servicing and related support work.


The Board put forward a Motion to request that staff research and develop a policy on no-net loss of green space that would be used to guide future decision-making; and that staff report back to the Board for further guidance by April 2008. The Motion was defeated.


The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, December 10, 2007 at 2099 Beach Avenue.