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