Committee and Board Meeting Highlights

May 12

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 12, 2014

Park Board Committee Meeting

Chair’s Report
The Chair reported on Bird Week eventsand the City Bird Competition.

Staff Reports:
A Public Outdoor Space to Commemorate Jim Green

The Board approved the development of a public sector outdoor space to commemorate Jim Green in the Trillium North park site.The space will recognize and tell the story of Mr. Green’s significant contributions to the City as elected official, and advocate for the Downtown Eastside, democracy and the arts.

Special Event Approval – Celebration of Light 2014
The Board granted permission for a 1,200 person Public Occasion License in the reserved seating area of the Celebration of Light event on July 26, July 30 and August 2, 2014, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. In addition to the new licensed area, the 2014 edition of the popular fireworks show will feature a number of new activations.

Non-Motorized Boating Centre at Creekside Community Recreation Centre
The Board endorsed the concept for improvements to the paddling centre in False Creek next to Creekside Community Recreation Centre. The new non-motorized boating facility will help meet the strong demand for paddling and rowing programs in the city.

Regular Board Meeting

In Camera
Park Board approved holding an In Camera meeting on May 26, 2014.

General Manager’s Report
Park Board related items at Council and Committee this week include two Proclamations: Vancouver Basketball Champions Day, and Child Care and Early Learning Month; Update on National Energy Board Hearings for Kinder Morgan Expansion and motion re National Energy Board Hearings; Update on Public Engagement re Healthy City Strategy; and Community and Neighbourhood Arts Development Grants Allocations.

Report of the Park Board Committee
The Board approved the recommendations of Committee: A Public Outdoor Space to Commemorate Jim Green, Special Event Approval – Celebration of Light 2014, and Non-Motorized Boating Centre at Creekside Community Recreation Centre (see Highlights above).

Motions on Notice
Commissioner Blyth put forward a motion that the Park Board work with local Marinas, Tourism Vancouver, the Georgia Straight Alliance, the Squamish Streamkeepers Society, and Environmental Defence to request a feasibility study to identify potential candidates for marinas and beaches in Vancouver. The motion carried.

Commissioner De Genova put forward a motion that the Park Board direct staff provide an update within 30 days on the Southeast Seniors Centre project, including:
a) Funding and estimated total cost;
b) Consultation plan on the design of the facility; and
c) Construction project timeline.
The motion failed.

Commissioner Blyth put forward a motion re request for leave of absence for the June Board meetings. The motion carried.

Notice of Motions
Commissioner Loke put forward a notice of motion re Bingham Green.

Next Meeting
The next Park Board Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 2099 Beach Avenue with the next Regular Park Board Meeting held immediately following the Committee Meeting that evening.

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