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 - March 2, 2009
The Chair reported on the February 19th opening celebrations of the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre in Hillcrest Park and the February 26th Active Communities Vancouver Annual Forum.
The Board approved the concept drawing as the basis for a submission for a Development Permit to allow for the construction of two synthetic turf fields with associated lighting at the Trillium park site. The new fields will be built on the southern portion of the 7.5 acre East Vancouver site, with a future passive park to be developed on the northern part.
2009 Operating Budget Update
A series of 2009 budget initiatives totalling $304,100 were approved to meet the Park Board's share of the City's corporate adjustment. The cost reduction measures will have minimal impact to staff and current programs, while supporting the City's initiatives to confine property tax increase and balance the operating budget.
Pigeon Park Improvements - Concept Plan and Funding
The Board approved the concept plan for improvements to Pigeon Park and the installation of a public toilet in the park by City Engineering, and requested that Council allocate $187,468 from the International Village Community Amenity Contribution Reserve to fund the park improvements. The 280 m² (3,000 ft²) plaza is an important sitting/resting place in the Downtown Eastside.
Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre Operating Plan 2008-2012
The 5-year plan for the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre and Aquatic Centre was endorsed. The Board approved the opening of the Aquatic Centre and Fitness Centre in 2010. The Board will enter into agreements with the Vancouver Curling Club for use of the new curling facility, the Library Board for use of the new library facility, and the Riley Park Community Centre Association for use of the new community centre prior to occupancy. Over the 5-year period, the facility in Hillcrest Park will transition through a number of phases, culminating in a legacy of significant community benefits.
The Board moved to rescind the granting of the Chapel at Stanley Park Enterprises Inc. approval to manage and operate the Celebration Pavilion at Queen Elizabeth Park for a 5-year term with an option to renew for up to an additional 5-years, and that staff report back by May 4, 2009 on how the Park Board can enhance marketing, rentals, accessibility and revenues of the Celebration Pavilion under the continued operation and control of the Park Board. The Motion was deferred to the March 10th Services and Budgets Committee meeting.
The Board moved that for 2010 the Park Board report back on a plan and cost to celebrate an International Women's Day event in at least one community centre with the future goal of taking this celebration to community centres city-wide. The Motion carried.
The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 2099 Beach Avenue.