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 - April 30, 2012
President and CEO of Vancouver YMCA Steve Butz presented their organization’s Strategic Plan.
Kitsilano Yacht Club Operating Agreement Renewal
The Board approved the renewal of the operating agreement with the Kitsilano Yacht Club for a further five years from May 17, 2012 to May 16, 2017, with three five–year options to be executed with mutual agreement. The club provides popular community based recreational and competitive sailing, instruction and other non motorized boating activities.
Seasons in the Park – Lease Extension
The Board approved an additional three year option to the Sequoia Company of Restaurants for the Seasons in the Park location. The operator has recently made significant capital investments in the Queen Elizabeth Park property.
Special Event Permit – Celebration of Light 2012
The Board approved adjustments to the Celebration of Light event on July 28th, August 1st and August 4th, 2012. Changes to the annual fireworks festival include increased capacity for reserved bleacher seating, increased capacity for the Bathhouse roof licensed area, and a public licensed area at Sunset Beach.
The Board directed staff to work with the City and insist that the event and special occasions license be treated as any other event taking place on Park Board land which would see a portion of the revenue generated by sponsorship and ticket and liquor sales come back to the Park Board, and failing to work with the City to receive revenues generated from the Celebration of Light, directed staff to look for alternative revenue generators that accrue revenue to the Park Board.
Guelph Park Community Garden Proposal
The Board approved the use of an area within Guelph Park for a community garden, and granted a five year lease to the Urban Diggers Society to operate the garden which will help build healthy ecosystems and diversify park experiences for visitors to the Mount Pleasant greenspace.
Creekway Park Concept Plan
The Board approved the final proposed concept plan for Creekway Park which is located between Hastings Park to the south and New Brighton Park to the north. The new park, an ecologically significant corridor with rich habitats, will accommodate active transportation connections for a range of users.
Commissioner De Genova put forward a motion that the Park Board direct staff to put in place a process within six months to advertise and encourage members of the community to be involved in forming a Community Centre Association for Vancouver’s newest community centre, Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Furthermore, that the board also direct staff to implement a plan and/or strategy for new community centres to ensure that future community centres have Community Centre Associations in place either before or soon after the opening of the new community centre. The motion failed.
Commissioner Sharma put forward a motion that the Park Board is strongly opposed to any expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. The motion carried.
The Chair reported on recent events: birthday of former supervisor of Bloedel Conservatory, Earth Day celebrations in parks, Freedom Walk event in Stanley Park, Celebration of Light sponsor announcement, Strategic Plan public engagement session and opening of Emery Barnes Park phase 3.
General Manager's Report
The General Manager reported on the recent recognition of VanDusen Visitor Centre which won the 2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia; and on the invitation received by the City to travel to Ottawa for the announcement of the 2015 FIFA World Cup host city.
Report of the Park Board Committee
The Board approved the recommendations of Committee: Kitsilano Yacht Club Operating Agreement Renewal, Seasons in the Park – Lease Extension, Special Event Permit – Celebration of Light 2012, Guelph Park Community Garden Proposal and Creekway Park Concept Plan (see Committee highlights above).
The next Park Board Committee Meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 2099 Beach Avenue with next Regular Park Board Meeting held immediately following the Committee Meeting that evening.