The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Woodcock:
Whereas the Stanley Park Heritage Rock Garden began in 1911 from stones excavated during the construction of the Stanley Park Pavilion, and has been identified as one of the original garden features created after the designation of Stanley Park and is still surviving as a public garden, hence being of important heritage value;
Whereas two bronze plaques were discovered marking the planting of a tree by Sydney A.Pascall, president of Rotary International on his visit to Vancouver on June 15, 1932 and the second commemorating the centenary of Francis E.Willard by a tree planting on Sept.18, 1939, of the Women's Christian Temperance Union of Vancouver District, attended by the Mayor of Vancouver and the American Consul-General and other dignataries;
Whereas the Rock Garden is a part of the Pavilion garden specifically identified as one of the designed garden landscapes in the Stanley Park Commemorative Integrity Statement signed in May 2004 by Parks Canada, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board, and it was agreed that the heritage values were to be respected in all actions affecting these designated sites, and alterations be done in accordance with the agreement;
Whereas the Vancouver Heritage Foundation's Vancouver 125 project 'Places that Matter' selected the Stanley Park Rock Garden at the Pavilion as one of the approved sites marking people, places and events that have shaped Vancouver;
Therefore be it resolved that the Vancouver Park Board approve in principle the Stanley Park Rock Garden at the Pavilion 'Statement of Significance' and the listing of the garden on the Vancouver Heritage Register, in order to facilitate the installation of a City of Vancouver 125th Anniversary plaque recognizing the garden as a site of historical significance;
Be it further resolved that staff review any legal incumbrances that may impede this designation and report back to the General Manager within 30 days so that plans can be finalized to include the Rock Garden in any upcoming celebrations of the City of Vancouver's 125th birthday.