Board Meeting Highlights
September 20, 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 - September 20, 2010

The Chair reported on the official opening of Oppenheimer Park, donation of cherry trees at David Lam Park, Pride Parade, sculpture unveiling and closing events at Klahowya Village, Stanley Park Ecology Society's workshop on Children and Nature, Filipino Pinoy Festival, Labour Day, West End Fest, official openings of Tecumseh Park and Creekside Community Recreation Centre, and AIDS Walk.

The most recent Planning and Environment Committee agenda included: Adanac Community Garden proposal, Greenest City Action Team update on process, Bard on the Beach new venue plans, Victory Square historical plaque and Farmyard update.

Park Board related items on City Council and Committee agenda this week: adoption of the West Point Grey community vision, motion on transparent neighborhood consultation and new regional growth strategy.


Major Recreation Facility Renewal Priorities
The commissioning of 4 feasibility studies was approved for the renewal of Dunbar, Hastings and Marpole-Oakridge Community Centres and Kensington Hall, with funding from the 2010 Capital Budget. The Board authorized the preparation of a consolidated Major Recreation Facilities Renewal Study, subject to funding in the next Capital Plan. Staff will work with Tennis BC to acquire a feasibility study in 2010/11 that will explore demand, business model and opportunities for partnerships for indoor tennis in Vancouver and report back to the Board so that findings may be considered for inclusion in the 2012-2014 Capital Plan. Staff will proceed with the Pool Assessment Study in 2010/11 in order to review and evaluate data for the existing pools in the Park Board system.

Bloedel Conservatory Update
The Board approved the joint submission by Friends of the Bloedel Association and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association (VBGA) to collaboratively manage and operate Bloedel Conservatory in partnership with the Park Board. The Board will develop a business agreement with VBGA to manage and operate Bloedel subject to successful completion of the Board's Business Plan validation/due diligence process and the satisfaction of the General Manager by November 2010.

Closure of the Children's Farmyard in Stanley Park
The closure of the Children's Farmyard in Stanley Park was approved as at January 2, 2011, following the end of the annual Bright Nights Christmas event in the park. All the animals will be relocated to approved organizations who will provide safe, secure homes.

Vancouver Historical Society - Interpretative Sign at Victory Square
The installation of an interpretive sign relating to the history of Victory Square was approved. The sign will be erected by the Vancouver Historical Society in time for the November 11 Remembrance Day ceremonies in the park.

Park Board Signing Authority
The Board approved changes to bank account signing authorities reflecting changes in personnel.

Fish House Restaurant - Rent Review
The annual rent for the Fish House in Stanley Park from November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2015 was set at 6% for the first $3,500,000 of gross revenues (including liquor) and 4% of gross revenues over $3,500,000 (including liquor).

The next regular Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, October 4, 2010 at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre.