Board Meeting Highlights
June 23, 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 website on the Monday one week prior to the next scheduled Board meeting.

Meeting Agenda - June 23, 2008


The Chair reported on a number of events over the past two weeks including the official opening of the redeveloped Nelson Park, anniversary event at the Air India Memorial in Stanley Park, and the MoreSports Soccer Jamboree in East Vancouver. The Chair also clarified the capital planning process and decision-making around the replacement of the Trout Lake Community Centre.


Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week include City Planning Commission - Park and School Board Members, Update on Progress of 311 Implementation, Youth Services Review, Request for Expression of Interest for Property Management of #1 Kingsway, Sign By-Law Amendments, and Culture Plan 2008-2019 Reports 1 to 5.


Agenda items at the most recent Committee were Jericho Marginal Wharf, use of timber from Stanley Park, Joint Operating Agreements with Community Centres, Queen Elizabeth Park Celebration Pavilion, Aquatic Study implementation, and Special Event beer gardens.


Design for VanDusen Botanical Garden Facilities Renewal Project
The Board approved the concept design for the facilities renewal at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The project which features a unique 'living building' has received a positive response form the community. Construction is targeted to start in the Fall of 2009.

Special Occasion License Requests
Permission was granted for a 750 person capacity beer garden for the 30th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival on August 3rd at Sunset Beach in the West End. Also granted was permission for a 500 person capacity beer garden during the Vancouver Folk Festival in mid-July at Jericho Beach Park.

Stanley Park Commemorative Plaque
The Board approved the installation of a plaque in Stanley Park commemorating the park as a Canadian National Historic Site. The plaque will be funded by Parks Canada and located near the Park Board administration offices on Beach Avenue.

Youth Services Review
Recommendations in the Council report on Youth Services were endorsed. The report outlines the concept of a coordinated, interdepartmental approach to the provision of services for youth, and recommends more consultation with stakeholders and staff.


The Board put forward a motion that the Park Board ask staff to develop a new long-range stocking plan setting considerably higher targets for tree planting in the City; and that staff investigate funding sources from the Provincial Government's announced "Trees for Tomorrow" program in addition to capital plans and private developers. The motion was referred to Committee.


The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, July 7, 2008 at Killarney Community Centre.