Board Meeting Highlights
January 17, 2011

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 17, 2011

The Chair reported on the 91st annual Polar Bear Swim at English Bay, launch of citizenU youth leadership program, and induction of former Park Board Commissioner Marty Zlotnik into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Park Board related items on City Council and Committee agenda this week: citizenU - anti racism and intercultural leadership, Draft Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, and Amendments to False Creek North Official Development Plan.

Agenda items at the most recent Planning and Environment Committee: Dog Off Leash - Memorial West Park, BC Hydro Transmission Project, TELUS Wireless Proposal for Nat Bailey and Shaw Wireless Proposal for Nat Bailey.


2011 Operating Budget
The Park Board's 2011 global budget of $55.6 million was approved, allowing the Board to operate new and expanded facilities while minimizing tax increases by Council. It includes a service reduction plan that maintains core services to help achieve this target.

Stanley Park Ecological Action Plan
The Board approved actions plans to improve the ecological integrity of Stanley Park in 5 priority areas of concern: Beaver Lake's rapid infillling, Lost Lagoon's water quality, invasive plant species, fragmentation of habitat and Species of Significance. A consultancy was approved to develop a vision and implementation strategy for Beaver Lake in 2011 to ensure its long-term viability, to be funded from the 2011 Capital Budget.

Metro Regional Growth Strategy Recreation and Conservation Designations
The Board endorsed the recommendation of Council, approved in April 2010, regarding the designation of lands protected from development as part of a new Conservation-Recreation land use designation (known as the 'green zone'). The designation of lands already in the green zone and the addition of some new regionally significant green space continues to acknowledge the importance of Vancouver's waterfront parks.

The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 2099 Beach Avenue.