Board Meeting Highlights
May 12, 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 - May 12, 2008


The Chair reported on Youth Week activities, ParkPartners Appreciation brunch, and MoreSports youth leadership event.


Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week include Vancouver Sport Strategy; Allocation of Community Amenity Contributions; Canada Day Fireworks; Nanook Day Care Replacement Capital Grant; Farmers Market; 2008 Park Board Capital Plan; 2008 Park Board Capital Plan Closeouts; Roles, Relationships and Reponsibilities Review Reports; and Hillcrest Park access improvements on Midlothian Avenue.


Andy Livingstone Park Artificial Turf Replacement
The Board approved a contract with Athletica Sport and Recreation Design for $45,000 in design services for replacement of the artificial turf on two fields at Andy Livingstone Park. Work is to start this Fall, to be complete by year end.

Partnerships and Public Access to Vancouver Schools
An information report was received on partnerships for recreation infrastructure and programs, and ways to access Vancouver school sport facilities. The School Board, Park Board and Provincial Government will work together to explore long term access to public sports facilities.

Vancouver Sport Strategy
The Board adopted "Vancouver Sport for Life", the Vancouver Sport Strategy, as a guide to the City's future initiatives and engagement with sport programs, facilities and events. Subject to Council approval, staff were directed to conduct further consultations with sport stakeholders and the broader community, and report back later in 2008 with a detailed implementation plan including resource requirements, funding strategies and timelines. The Strategy advocates an integrated approach to programming for child physical development, active living and sports excellence. It has significant ramifications for the Park Board as a provider of sport services, amenities and programs.

AAA Horse & Carriage License Renewal
The license agreement with AAA Horse & Carriage in Stanley Park was renewed for five years, to operate a horse drawn tour service in the park. The annual license fee paid to the Board by AAA was set at 6% of gross revenues from horse drawn operations and 10% of gross revenues from other items. Concurrently, the license to occupy a portion of Stanley Park Service Yard was renewed for five years, subject to AAA making capital improvements of a mimimum of $100,000 during the first two years of the license term. The popular tourist service has been in the park for 20 years.


The Board put forward a Motion that staff develop a plan to ensure timely public access to wood from fallen trees through a page or link on the Park Board web site and/or other options for communicating public access; and that staff explore the feasibility of utilizing mobile milling technology to produce timber when the Park Board disposes of fallen, diseased and hazardous trees in parks and public spaces; and that staff report back in June 2008. The Motion carried.


The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, May 26, 2008 at 2099 Beach Avenue.