Board Meeting Highlights
July 21, 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 21, 2008

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Chair reported on the July 12th David Oppenheimer celebrations in Stanley Park, and the recent sandcastle building event out of West Point Grey Community Centre.

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT

Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week include Emery Barnes Park Phase 2 funding, East Fraser Lands rezoning, Simon Fraser/Mount Pleasant child development centre, and the annual Capital Program. The Park Board's 2007 Annual Report was tabled; the publication features major accomplishments of the past year and reports back on progress against strategic priorities.

Committee Report

On the last Committee meeting agenda were presentations from Tennis BC, Oppenheimer Park design, recreation core services review, and a maintenance position for the Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre.

STAFF REPORTS

Oppenheimer Park Design Concept
The Board approved the revised Concept Plan - Option 2 for East Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park. The plan, developed after extensive community consultation, retains all but two Sakura cherry trees. Staff were asked to work with community members to include appropriate historical commemoration in the park redevelopment project.

Emery Barnes Park Phase 2 Funding
Recommendation A of the Council report was endorsed, and the Board approved the Concept Plan for the long-awaited Phase 2 of Downtown South's Emery Barnes Park. Plans call for a fenced-in dog area and a larger children's playground.

Brockton Totem Poles Interpretive Centre - Expansion to Gift Shop and Public Washroom
The Board deferred discussion of this item to the September 15th meeting, pending further information on design options and business model.

Employment Engagement Survey
The Board postponed a decision on this item until the Fall so that staff build a Task Group and terms of reference including scope of work.

Andy Livingstone Park Artificial Turf Replacement, Delegated Authority
In recognition of the tight project timelines and upcoming summer recess of the Board, the General Manager was granted authority to award and execute the contract for the restoration of the artificial turf playing fields at Andy Livingstone Park.

Administrative Report - Position Change
The Board approved the creation of one Regular Full-time CUPE 15 position for the new Vancouver Olympic Centre/Vancouver Paralympic Centre and Aquatic facility. The senior maintenance position will be responsible for the sophisticated refrigeration plant.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, September 15, 2008.

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