Board Meeting Highlights
march 31, 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 - March 31, 2008

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Chair reported on Commissioners' participation in a number of recent events including decommissioning of the old Sunset Community Centre, launch of the Active Adventure Passport program for schools, introduction of sitting volleyball clinics, donor tree planting to aid in Stanley Park restoration, and Youth Politik sessions.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Park Board related item on Council and Committee agenda this week are 2008 Interim Operting Budget estimates and results of public consultation, funding for 2010 community celebrations, and annual special events report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Items from the last Committee meeting were Vancouver International Biennale sculpture update, English Bay Bistro design, Coal Harbour restaurant update, Stanley Park legacy plans, Hollow Tree status, and Burrard Marina improvements.

STAFF REPORTS

Commemorative Naming - Oak Park Tennis Court
The Board approved the naming of two tennis courts in Oak Park after acclaimed Vancouver tennis player Lorne Main, acknowledging his many athletic successes.

Commemorative Naming - Wallace Field
The Board approved the naming of the playing field and reinstallation of a commemorative plaque in Jericho Park after RCAF pilots Blake, Richard, Philip and David Wallace, in recognition of their contributions to the World War 11 effort.

Vancouver International Sculpture - Biennale
Public consultation will be carried out on a proposal from the Biennale Foundation that some of the temporarily installed public art sculptures remain on park land beyond the originally agreed upon 18-month period but not past September 2015. The Board directed staff to initiate the standard donation processes for the sculpture "Echoes", proposed to be permanently installed at Kitsilano Beach near the Watermark Restaurant. Biennale were also directed to remove the "Device to Root out Evil" sculpture from Coal Harbour, and the Board asked staff to work with the organizaton to find a new location for this piece in the City of Vancouver as part of the temporary installation program.

Stanley Park Hollow Tree
The Board approved taking down Stanley Park's Hollow Tree, due to public safety concerns. The iconic cedar snag, dead for many years and supported by braces and cables, was further damaged in the winter storms of 2006/07. It will be felled and salvaged to create a new natural visitor attraction and legacy.

Golf Business Consultant - Contract Award
CK Golf Solutions was awarded the $157,770, two year contract to assist in implementing the marketing plan, and to conduct a comprehensive review of business practices for the three major golf courses.

2008 Vancouver International Triathalon World Championship
The Board approved the use of English Bay and Ceperley Park June 2nd through June 8th and related road closures in Stanley Park for the 2008 Vancouver Triathalon World Championships. This prestigious event is the final qualifying competition prior to Beijing Summer Olympics. The City and Park Board will work with organizers to manage impacts to the West End neighbourhood, park visitors and stakeholders.

Stanley Park Restoration Project - Seawall Repair Consultant
AMEC Earth and Environmental were retained to provide consulting services for the $1M project to permanently repair the Stanley Park Seawall. The project involves full damage assessments and a remedial reconstruction plan. As work proceeds now through August, a range of Seawall closures will be employed.

Stanley Park Restoration Project - Legacy Project
The Board approved AldrichPears to develop an outdoor interpretive/educational signage program for Stanley Park. The 36 new signs, covering varied environmental and historic context, will be installed by September and form part of the Vancouver Museum exhibition of the park's 120th year retrospective.

Stanley Park Restoration Project - Extension of Forestry Operations Contract
Two contracts with Bryan Peterson Contracting were extended by an amount of $750,000 to complete the complex forestry operations aspects of the restoration project.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, April 14, 2008 at Thunderbird Community Centre.

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