Board Meeting Highlights
July 7, 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 - July 7, 2008

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Chair reported on the June 28th official opening of Yaletown Park.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week include 2008 Operating Budget - May review, award of construction for Hinge Park in Southeast False Creek/Olympic Village, and Green House Gas Reduction (Corporate Climate Change Action Plan) report back.

STAFF REPORTS

English Bay Bistro
The Board approved the redevelopment of the existing English Bay (Denman Street) concession and requested staff to seek a development permit. The proposal for the new bistro, which is expected to be open by the summer of 2010, elicited strong support through recent public consultation.

Queen Elizabeth Park Tree Management Plan
The Board endorsed the Queen Elizabeth Park Tree Management Plan. Three principal view corridors will be restored and preserved in the popular tourist destination, with the removal of 70 trees, pruning of 8 other trees and replanting on a 2 for 1 basis.

Jericho Marginal Wharf: Concept Plan Approval
The concept plan for the Jericho Wharf was approved. The plan calls for the demolition of most of the deteriorating 1930s era wharf, while retaining a small portion of the deck and railings for historic purposes, and restoration of the natural beach and park foreshore.

Stanley Park Seawall Repair Project
Matcon Excavation and Shoring were awarded a $1,063,005 contract for the Seawall Repair Project. These permanent repairs to the seawall, which was damaged in the December 2006 windstorms, are being paid for from the Stanley Park Restoration Fund.

Green House Gas Reduction - Park Board - Update
The Board received for information the Council report, providing an update on the green house gas reduction project, part of the Corporate Climate Change Action Plan. The $8.6 million program includes the installation of energy-saving features at 30 Park Board facilities.

MOTION

The Board put forward a motion that the Park Board delay taking down the Hollow Tree for 150 days to allow for a committee chaired by Lorne Whitehead to obtain from an independent engineering firm a suitable answer to maintain the Hollow Tree in its current location in an upright position within 90 days, and the committee has a further 60 days to raise funds required to implement an approved plan; and that the Board will not provide any funds for the retention of the Hollow Tree in its present position. The Motion carried.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, July 21, 2008.

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