Board Meeting Highlights
July 6, 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 - July 6, 2009


The Chair reported on West Point Grey's Fiesta Days, 2009 Volunteer Recognition Celebration, Punjabi Market Banners Launch and Canada Day events at community centres.


On the last Services and Budgets Committee agenda were Special Events Fees and Charges, 2009 Operating Budget May update, Kits Fest Beer Garden and Steve Nash Soccer Charity Event Beer Garden.


Park Board related items on Council and Committee agenda this week: 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Security and award of RFP for residential tower at new Mount Pleasant Civic Centre.


Mount Pleasant Family Centre
The lease with the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society was renewed for the Robson Park Clubhouse for a term of five years through March 31, 2013, with a five year option term. The Society support families and children through services such as free drop in, supervised playroom, information workshops and referrals to community resources.

Capital Budget for 2009 - Update
The Board approved a revised 2009 Capital Budget of $31,310,600 from various funding sources: capital from borrowing authority ($25,280,000), capital from revenues ($2,735,000), City Wide DCLs ($1,925,000), CAC from Bayshore Gardens ($300,000), CAC from 1100 West Georgia and 1221 West Georgia ($450,000) and external funding from senior governments, non profit partners and donations ($620,600). Funding for construction of 3 larger scale projects - new Riley Park Community Centre and Ice Rink, renewal of buildings at VanDusen Botanical Garden, and new Trout Lake Community Centre - will be requested once detailed designs and costs are generated.

Special Event & Filming Permit Fees and Charges Adjustments
A number of changes were approved to Fees and Charges schedules for Special Event Permits, after public consultation and analysis. The changes reflect the range and diversity of event types that occur in Vancouver parks, beaches and other areas, and bring the Park Board in line with the fees of other large municipalities.

Neighborhood Matching Fund
The Board received for information a report on the Neighborhood Matching Fund projects funded in 2008. The Fund facilitates community development in neighborhoods and community stewardship of park land and other public spaces. Last year, 13 projects for a total of $88,020 in capital funds were supported in 9 neighborhoods.

Special Occasion License Request - KitsFest "Sports Daze"
Permission was granted for a 250 capacity Private Special Occasion License in conjunction with the 2009 KitsFest "Sports Daze" on August 15 and 16. The weekend event features 3 tournaments: basketball, volleyball and tennis.

Special Occasion License Request - Steve Nash "Showdown in Downtown"
Permission was granted for a 250 capacity Public Special Occasion License in conjunction with the 2009 Steve Nash "Showdown in Downtown" on September 19. The charity event features an eight-a-side soccer match.

Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale
The Board approved the return of 3 sculptures as part of the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale's next temporary exhibition which begins in July 2009: The Engagement Rings at Sunset Beach Park, King and Queen at Harbour Green Park, and 217.5 Arcs X 13 at Sunset Beach.


The Board put forward a Motion that the Board direct staff to inventory the electrical infrastructure servicing Park Board parking lots and nearby areas to identify potential capacity available and outlets suitable for electric vehicle charging and identify the costs related to installing and operating outlets for electrical vehicle charging on a test basis. The Motion was deferred to the July 20 Board meeting.


The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 2099 Beach Avenue.