Board Meeting Highlights
June 9, 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 - June 9, 2008


The Chair reported on a number of events over the past two weeks including the Southeast False Creek seawall opening, Seniors Arts & Health project, Van Tech artificial field opening, launch of the national Play it Fair program, World Triathlon Championships, and unveiling of Susan Point sculptures in Stanley Park.


The Vancouver Heritage Commission presented a proposal to conserve Stanley Park's Hollow Tree. A Motion was put forward to reconsider the Board's March 31, 2008 decision on the fate of the park icon. The Motion did not carry.


Bright Nights - Renewal of Agreement with BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund
A five year agreement was renewed with the BC Professional Firefighters' Burn Fund and CUPE 1004 for Bright Nights in Stanley Park. Annually, the Park Board transfers 13% of the net admission revenues from this popular seasonal light show to the Burn Fund.

Financial Statements to April 30, 2008
The Board received for information three financial statements for the first four months of the year. Overall, net operating expenditures are up from last year; staff will continue to closely monitor levels and take actions to balance the operating budget. Donations from park amenities, special projects and endowments are on track to achieve the target of $1.2 million for 2008. Stanley Park restoration has spent $5.4 million out of the $9.9 million received for the project.

School Community Connections Project
An information report was received on the pilot partnership between the Vancouver School Board and Park Board, to increase weekend access to school gymnasia. Under the project, gyms at Windermere and King George Secondary Schools were programmed by local community centre staff.

Administrative Report - Position Changes
Changes were approved to several regular CUPE 15 positions: an increase to full time for two part time positions for the Fundraising program and at Moberly Arts Centre, creation of one part time and two full time positions at False Creek Community Centre, and one full time position at each of Killarney Pool and Major Maintenance, and the conversion of one part time and two full time positions to auxiliary at Strathcona Community Centre, Burrard Marina and West End Community Centre respectively.


The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, June 23, 2008 at Trout Lake Community Centre.