Board Meeting Highlights
May 4, 2009

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 - May 4 , 2009


Youth Week (May 1 to 9) activities were outlined, celebrating the ongoing work and accomplishments of youth and Park Board youth services.


The Chair reported on the annual Earth Day community event at Everett Crowley Park held on April 25.


On the last Services and Budgets Committee agenda were: Motion referred from April 6 re: childcare, Active Communities, Sport Strategy update and Operating Budget March statement.


Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda are My Own Backyard Community Playground funding and Collingwood Neighborhood House Society Recreation funding. VanDusen Botanical Garden gardener Egan Davis has been recognized in the annual 'Top in Trades' award in the environmental sustainability category.


Capital Budget for 2009
The Board approved the 2009 Capital Budget of $66,635,600 for both park and facility projects from a number of funding sources: capital from parks and recreation borrowing authority ($54.605 million), capital from parks and recreation revenue ($2.735 million), city-wide development cost levies ($1.925 million), community amenity contribution from Bayshore Gardens ($300,000), community amenity contribution from 1100 West Georgia and 1221 West Georgia ($450,000), curling venue post Olympic conversion fund ($6 million) and external funding from senior governments, non-profit partners and donations ($620,600).

Capital Budget Plan 2008 Close Out
The Board approved and requested Council close outs of Park Board Capital Plan items for the periods 2003-2005 and 2006-2008. These close outs represent the financial completion of projects and make transfers to balance deficits and surpluses. Close outs of completed projects where expenditures differ by $50,000 and 15% of the budget require Council approval.

David Lam Park - Pilot Drill Program
BC Transmission Corporation's pilot horizontal directional drilling program in David Lam Park was approved for 2009. Subject to the pilot being successful, the Board agreed in principle to the continuation of an electrical line underneath the park in 2010 on the basis of the drilling program. This work is part of a major new underground electrical line connecting the downtown with the area south of False Creek.

Approval of Statutory Right-of-Way in Jericho Park Adjacent to Jericho Hostel
The Board consented to grant a statutory right-of-way to place one pad-mount transformer electrical service next to Jericho Hostel. The work will support the hostel's heating project which upgrades the facility for winter use.


The Board moved that staff investigate siting options to add approximately 930 m² (10,000 ft²) of program space to the existing Killarney (Community Centre) complex to accommodate the proposed senior's centre (for Southeast Vancouver). The Motion carried.


The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, June 1, 2009 at Mount Pleasant Community Centre.