Board Meeting Highlights
february 25, 2008

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 - February 25, 2008

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Chair reported on the second annual meeting of Active Communities Vancouver held this week which highlighted the many initiatives of the program to inspire and equip residents to get 20% more active by 2010.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week are 2009-2011 Capital Plan process, and EcoDensity next steps. The General Manager also outlined City and Park Board plans to mark International Women's Day in early March.

COMMITTEE REPORT

On the agenda of the last Committee meeting were: Paddle Presentation by Chris Cooper, Oppenheimer Park design, Brockton Oval vision, Burrard Marina capital infrastructure, Capital Plan, World Triathalon event, and Commemorative Naming of two community facilities.

PRESENTATION

A cheque for $270,868.81 was presented to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, proceeds from the annual Bright Nights in Stanley Park event. The Park Board's partnership with the Fire Fighters celebrated its 10th year in 2007.

STAFF REPORTS

2008 OPERATING BUDGET
As the result of a tie vote, the Board did not approve this year's interim Operating Budget estimate of $59.3 million, which is subject to Council approval. The estimate was based on $58.6 million Basic Budget, plus $.5 million for Added Basic costs, plus $.3 million for New and Non-Recurring costs. Overall it represents a 3.05% increase compared to 2007 levels, delivering the same progams with no reductions in staff positions. After Council decides on the level of funding for the Park Board (on April 1st), staff will report back to the Board and seek direction on allocation of the 2008 budget funds.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2007
A report on the Park Board's 2007 year end financial position was received for information, including statements for the Operating Budget, Donations program and Stanley Park Restoration project. The Operating Budget was significantly affected by the 12 week work stoppage both in terms of services to the public and financial results. As of December 31st, the Park Board recorded a small operating budget deficit of $74,181 or 0.1%.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS REPORT 2007
Signficant progress was made last year against the Strategic Plan and Board priorities, despite the widely felt impacts of the three month civic strike and devasting windstorm in Stanley Park. Some highlights of 2007 achievements: continued focus on getting Vancouverites more active, completion of the new Van Tech artificial turf field, sucessful fundraising program, opening of the new Sunset Community Centre, QE Park Plaza and Air India Memorial/Ceperley Playground, energy saving initiatives at facilities, and a number of awards which celebrated excellence.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, March 10, 2008 at 2099 Beach Avenue.

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