Photo courtesy City of Richmond
Richmond’s commitment to recreation has earned the city multiple honours.
The BC Recreation and Parks Association recognized Richmond with awards in three of four categories at its recent symposium, including the Award of Merit. The awards are for excellence in parks, facilities and programs. Lauded were outstanding programming, innovation in facilities, and dedicated professionals.
The City Centre Community Centre earned Richmond the Facility Excellence Award for projects over $1 million. The two-storey facility at Minoru Boulevard and Westminster Highway is a mixed-use development that offers a range of recreation programs tailed to residents of all ages and abilities. It is also home to Trinity Western University.
The Program Excellence Award was presented to Pollinator Pasture, a community-engaged public art project by the city in partnership with Border Free Bees. The award recognizes a creative, successful and innovative program that serves as a model for other recreation and parks agencies to enhance their services. The ambitious, creative and successful long-term pollinator-focused public art initiative headed by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), located at the Bridgeport Industrial Park and planted in the pattern of a bee's wings with native and naturalized seeds beneficial to a broad range of pollinators. The Pollinator Pasture and supportive free programming raises awareness of the plight of wild pollinators, particularly bees, and empowers communities to actively engage in solutions for habitat loss.
The Award of Merit, an honour that hasn't been awarded since 2014, was presented to Cathryn Volkering Carlile, the former general manager of the Community Services Division for the City of Richmond for 16 years, who retired in October 2017 after serving 43 years in local government. She was part of leading-edge city building, and was involved in shaping numerous major events and programs in Richmond.
Seven awards in total were presented this year.