Board Meeting Highlights
January 18, 2010

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 - January 18, 2010

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Chair reported on the community event marking the taking down of the fences at Pigeon Park; the federal government infrastructure funding announcements for VanDusen Botanical Garden, Stanley Park, QE Park, the Seawall and other projects; the 90th annual Polar Bear Swim at English Bay, and official opening of the new Mount Pleasant Community Centre.

COMMITTEE REPORT

The last Planning and Environment Committee agenda included: Dog Off-Leash Areas.

STAFF REPORTS

2010 Operating Budget
The proposed 2010 Park Board Global Budget of $60.3 million was approved - it includes $58.5 million basic budget and $1.9 million for 2010 added basic costs. After the details of the Shared Services review for the Park Board are developed, there will be a reallocation of savings back to the operating budget.

2010 Winter Games Parks Control Bylaw Enforcement
The Board supported a collaborative approach to enforcement of City and Parks Control Bylaws during the period of the 2010 Winter Games, and approved a Ticket Offences bylaw to permit enforcement by way of a Municipal Ticket Information system; Legal Services was instructed to enact the new bylaw. Park Rangers will assist in the streamlined enforcement which is mainly targetted to control of commercial activities.

Concept Plan Approval - Kitsilano Beach Park Playground
The concept plan for the proposed upgrade to Kitsilano Beach Park Playground was approved. The fully accessible playground, developed with 2010 Legacies Now, Province of BC, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, Shane's Inspiration and the Rick Hansen Foundation, is scheduled to open to the public in early summer.

2010 Capital Budget: Projects receiving Federal Infrastructure Funding and Trout Lake Community Centre Renewal
The Board approved a total of $54.76 million in advance of the 2010 Capital Budget plus the inclusion of unspent funding approved in previous Capital budgets to allow for thirteen time-sensitive projects to move ahead: twelve projects receiving Federal infrastructure funding plus the renewal of the Trout Lake Community Centre.

Contract Award - Fraserview Park Upgrade Consultancy
The Board entered into a $49,126 contract with van der Zalm + Associates Developing and Consulting for the upgrade of East Vancouver's Fraserview Park. Ideas for redevelopment and programming will be developed with the community and staff.

Parking Rate Changes due to Tax Increases
New parking rates were approved, effective immediately, to recover from customers additional tax payable as a result of increases in TransLink's parking sales tax. The amended rates are set to be revenue neutral to the Park Board.

Changes to 2010 Park Board Meeting Schedule
Reflecting adjustments to Council's meeting schedule, two Park Board meetings were changed: May 31 meeting will move to June 7, and June 14 meeting will move to June 21.

MOTIONS

The Board put forward an emergency motion that the City and its Empire Bowl partners (PNE and Pavco) provide support and resources to the Park Board to locate and upgrade if needed alternative facilities to support displaced sports groups while the Empire Bowl Fields are unavailable for public use. The motion carried.

The Board put forward an emergency motion that the Park Board urge the City's Director of Planning to delay the issuing of a Development Permit (for the playing field at Sexsmith School) until all the affected stakeholders can be consulted with. The motion carried.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 2099 Beach Avenue.

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