Committee and Board Meeting Highlights
May 28, 2012

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 - May 28, 2012

Park Board Committee Meeting

Staff Reports

Park Board Strategic Plan – Approval of Strategic Framework Objectives
The Board endorsed the strategic framework objectives for the renewed Strategic Plan. The framework, which is the result of extensive stakeholder consultation, will focus Park Board efforts and resources for the next five years.

Vancouver Racquet Club – Patio Endorsement
The Board approved the application of the Vancouver Racquet Club to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for a Liquor designation of their enclosed patio area. Subject to the approval of the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, a modification will be made to the Club's lease. The move will allow the Club, located in Hillcrest Park, to expand their food and beverage service for members and guests.


Commissioner Jasper put forward a Motion that the Board direct staff to create a "Local Food Assets Task Force" to make policy recommendations and identify opportunities that would increase and integrate local food assets into the Park Board's parks and recreation system; and that the "Local Food Assets Task Force" membership be comprised of two Park Board Commissioners, Park Board staff, City staff, representation from the Food Policy Council, and representation from Neighborhood Food Networks and other community groups as required. The Motion carried.

Commissioner Jasper put forward a Motion that the Board direct staff to work with Engineering Services to develop strategies to minimize conflict in high volume pedestrian and cyclist interface areas along the seawall; and that the City of Vancouver's Active Transportation Policy Council has the opportunity to give feedback on staff's recommendations prior to the Board's consideration. The Motion carried

Commissioner Coupar put forward a motion regarding the closure of the Kitsilano Coast Guard station. The motion was amended to move that the Park Board Chair, on behalf of the Park Board, write to the Provincial and Federal Governments expressing the Park Board's concern about the closure, and urge the Federal Government to reverse it. Further, that Park Board staff represent the Park Board's concerns about water safety for residents and visitors, by participating in a City wide working group tasked with assessing the impact of the closure to City services. The Motion as amended was carried.

Regular Board Meeting

Chair's Report
The Chair reported on the recent opening of the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza and the showing of the film "Kanata – An Irish Story".

General Manager's Report
The General Manager reported that the first two of four wide-area lawnmowers will be arriving this week as part of the Parks division's new fleet.

Report of the Park Board Committee
The Board approved the recommendations of Committee: Park Board Strategic Plan – Approval of Strategic Framework Objectives, Vancouver Racquet Club – Patio Endorsement and Motions re Local Food Assets Task Force, Improved Pedestrian and Cyclist safety on Vancouver's Seawall, and Closure of the Canadian Coast Guard Station (see Committee highlights above).

Notices of Motion
Commissioner De Genova put forward a Notice of Motion re Discontinuing Catered Staff Briefings at Park Board.
Commissioner De Genova put forward a Notice of Motion re Restoring Staff Hours to Community Centres.

Next Meetings
The next Park Board Committee Meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 2099 Beach Avenue with next Regular Park Board Meeting held immediately following the Committee Meeting that evening.