Board of Parks and Recreation
Regular Board Meeting
Monday, March 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm


A recording of the Agenda is available at 604-257-8507.

  1. Minutes of the regular meeting of the Board held on Monday, March 01, 2010.
  1. Financial Statements for the Year Ended December 31, 2009
    Staff report dated March 09, 2010 recommending that the Board receive this report for information. Appendices .

  2. Administrative Report - Position Change
    This item has been removed from the agenda.

  3. Consultant Award for 2010 Ghost Train and Bright Nights in Stanley Park Events
    Staff report dated March 05, 2010 recommending that the Board approve recommendations
    A and B.

  4. English Bay Bistro – Award of Contract
    Staff report dated March 12, 2010 recommending that the Board approve recommendations
    A to G.

  5. VanDusen Botanical Garden – New Visitor Centre Award of Construction Contract
    Staff report dated March 12, 2010 recommending that the Board approve recommendations
    A to D.

  6. Contract Award P2010-07 SP Sanitary Lift Stations
    Staff report dated March 01, 2010 recommending that the Board approve recommendations
    A to D.


A. The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Woodcock:


  1. True Sport is a national movement for sport and community. Its core mission is to be a catalyst to help sport live up to its full potential as a public asset for Canada and Canadian society – making a significant contribution to the development of youth, the well-being of individuals, and quality of life in our communities;

  2. There is now evidence that sport's benefits go far beyond the positive health effects of physical activity that have long been understood including:
      • A healthier, more active population
      • Improved school enrolment, attendance and achievement
      • More employable youth with transferable life skills
      • Less youth crime and gang involvement
      • Lower rates of teen pregnancy and health risk behaviour
      • More inclusive communities
      • Higher levels of social capital and social trust
      • Faster community integration of newcomers
      • Improved inclusion, health and wellbeing of people with disabilities
      • Strengthened Aboriginal communities and youth
      • Improved workplace skills and productivity
      • Enhanced sport tourism and neighbourhood renewal efforts
      • Attraction of mobile knowledge workers and companies that hire them
      • Improved environmental awareness and social mobilization;
  1. No other aspect of community life has demonstrated sport's capacity to connect so many young people to positive adult role models and mentors, opportunities for positive development, and help in acquiring critical life skills;
  2. To gain these valuable benefits the sport we do must be good sport, built on the values of excellence, fair play, fun and inclusion;

  3. The Big City Mayors' Caucus has declared itself a True Sport Community;

  4. The Vancouver Park Board has been an active supporter of the Active Communities and the Vancouver Sport Network;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Vancouver Park Board actively support the City of Vancouver's declaration as a True Sport Community, joining over 1500 other True Sport communities, organizations, clubs, leagues, and teams across Canada.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City of Vancouver encourage other Federation of Canadian Municipalities members to work towards the following True Sport principles:

    1. Ensuring equitable access to sport facilities and programs, especially for new Canadians, low income people and those with disabilities
    2. Setting clear standards for ethical behaviour and inclusion for all municipally funded sport facilities and programs
    3. Asking how sport can help advance key social and economic goals and developing strategies and linkages to make it happen
    4. Facilitating dialogue between sport and other community organizations and working together to achieve community objectives
    5. Developing an integrated community sport plan aimed at providing accessible, quality sport experiences to all community members.

B. The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Blyth:

WHEREAS young people need a place in our parks;

WHEREAS the Canadian Medical health survey conducted between 2007 - 2009 concluded the deterioration in fitness from age 6-19;

WHEREAS engaging youth in the design and public process is educational and beneficial to the future of our city;

WHEREAS there are not enough spaces for young people to be active in our city;

WHEREAS something simple like an art wall, skateboardable bench, bmx feature or an advanced climbing wall will increase the health and prosperity of our youth;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT all consultations regarding park renewals initiate contact with youth in the planning process, with the objective that all future park designs, where possible, will have at least one feature to accommodate young people's active lifestyles.

C. The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Hundal:

WHEREAS the three HEAT shelters and four winter response homeless shelters in Vancouver are due to close on April 30, 2010;

WHEREAS all seven homeless shelters are operating at full capacity;

WHEREAS if the shelters close on April 30, over 600 people will be forced to sleep outside in the City, and quite likely seek shelter in public parks;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Park Board staff report on the implications for parks of the closures of shelters; and

THAT The Park Board encourage the Province to continue to develop and fund emergency and interim housing options for Vancouver's street homeless.

D. The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Robertson:

WHEREAS the seven elected commissioners are responsible for the policy direction of the Park Board and direct staff to deliver on the Park Board mandate to 'provide, preserve and advocate' that will benefit people, communities and the environment; and

WHEREAS the seven commissioners are elected by and accountable to the residents of Vancouver; and

WHEREAS Section 488 of the Vancouver Charter provides that the Park Board has exclusive possession of, and exclusive jurisdiction and control of all areas designated as permanent or temporary public parks of the City, and that the Park Board has custody, care and management of such areas belonging to or held by the City as Council may determine; and

WHEREAS the Vancouver Charter states that Council may add to the powers given to the Park Board by the Vancouver Charter (Section 489 (1)(p)); and

WHEREAS the precedent has been established that the General Manager of the Park Board reports to the Board of seven elected commissioners; and

WHEREAS the Police Chief of the Police Board and the Director of the Library Board report directly to their respective Boards, as per Provincial legislative authority;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council delegate authority to the Board of seven elected commissioners to be solely responsible to oversee the recruitment, selection, delegation of work-related tasks, and performance management for the General Manager of the Park Board in accordance with the established employment policies of the City of Vancouver.

In-Camera Meeting

THAT the Board later this evening go into a meeting which is closed to the public, pursuant to Section 165.2 (1) of the Vancouver Charter, to discuss matters related to paragraph:

(k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of an activity, work or facility that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the Board, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the Park Board if they were held in public.

Special Board Meeting, Monday, March 29, 2010, 7:00 pm, at the Park Board office.