Board Meeting Highlights
July 25, 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 - Jul 25, 2011


The Chair reported on the official openings of redesigned Norquay Park and new Trillium artificial turf fields, construction of Grandview Elementary School playground, start of North America OutGames, kick off of Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and Pride Week 2011 proclamation at City Hall.


On the last Services and Budgets Committee agenda: June financial statement and golf course liquor licensing.


Strategic Plan Renewal
The Board endorsed the high level strategic framework which will enable the organization to prioritize its actions and direct resources over the next 5 years. The renewed strategic plan celebrates and builds on the Park Board's past successes.

Vancouver International Marathon Route Change Proposal
The Board approved route adjustments to the BMO Vancouver Marathon for 2012. The changes are to highlight the natural beauty of Vancouver including the waterfront in Stanley Park, as well as assist with increasing overall participation.

East Fraserlands Neighborhood Park North Contract Award
The Board awarded the contract for the East Fraserlands Neighborhood Park North to Wilco Landscape Westcoast Inc. in the amount of $627,086. The park, first of 6 neighborhood parks planned in the area, is in a new residential community with a commercial centre located on the banks of the Fraser River in South Vancouver.

Construction Contract Award - Connaught Park East Fields Renovation
A contract was awarded to Cedarcrest Lands (BC) Ltd. in the amount of $759,905 for renovation to the Connaught Park East Fields. Construction will start in August. Funding is available from the 2009 - 2011 Capital Plan; additional funding is provided from for the cricket pitch from the Meraloma Athletic Club.

Contract Award - Supply of Financial Services
Park Board financial services are consolidated with the City's. This contract award provides agreements with various financial service providers over the next 5 years for core banking service, parking meter coin processing, credit and debit card merchant processing, investment custodial services and purchasing card services.

Café Award - Hillcrest Centre
The Board approved a 5 year operating agreement for Blue Parrot Coffee Inc. to construct and operate a food and beverage service at Hillcrest Centre, with up to two additional 5 year renewal terms. The fee structure will be set at 10% of annual gross revenues up to $800,000 and 15% of annual gross revenues over $800,000. Hillcrest Centre, the largest and first fully integrated city wide recreation facility, is scheduled to fully open in September.

AAA Horse & Carriage in Stanley Park
The license agreement with AAA Horse & Carriage in Stanley Park Ltd was renewed for an additional 5 years, from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2018. The Board approved the relocation of the staging area from its existing location to an area adjacent to the Information Booth. The license granted to AAA to occupy a portion of the Stanley Park Service Yard was renewed for an additional 5 years, from May 1, 2013 to run concurrently with its license to operate the horse drawn tour service, subject to AAA making capital improvements of a minimum of $75,000. The new location will increase revenues and provide a safer environment for both the horses and users of this popular service.


The Board put forward a motion that staff explore options for management and reduction of green waste, including up-cycling of green waste through creative partnerships with artists and ecologists. The motion carried.

The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 2099 Beach Avenue.