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The following motion was put forward by Commissioner Jasper:
Whereas a $250,000 annual operating deficit was identified during the 2010 budgeting process for the operation of the Children’s Farmyard;
Whereas the Park Board was interested in eliminating this deficit by seeking alternative operating models or partnerships by directing staff to seek such expressions of interest
Whereas staff advised the Board on September 20, 2010 that a Request for Expression of Interest for the Farmyard was unsuccessful;
Whereas the Park Board approved the closure of the Children’s Farmyard effective January 2, 2011 and all animals be relocated to safe and secure homes;
Whereas Stanley Park has a significant historical and cultural connection to the First Nations people and is recognized as traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waultuth nations:
Whereas Park Board staff have been actively working to further develop and expand the relationship with the First Nations people;
Therefore be it resolved that staff seek a qualified party to develop and operate the previous Children’s Farmyard area as a First Nations cultural and educational experience focusing on raising the awareness of the rich history between Stanley Park and the First Nations people.