Photo by Don Fennell
Double the space, double the fun.
That’s what seniors will find at the new Minoru Centre for Active Living, which opened March 11 in Minoru Park.
Offering double the programming available at the previous Minoru seniors centre, the spectacular new centre features space that is not only inviting but flexible. From the cozy fireside lounge to the intimate yet spacious billiards room to the acoustically-designed music room, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, all the rooms can be self contained, enabling users to enjoy their activities without being disturbed.
“One of the biggest mistakes that is often made is not putting in enough storage,” says city spokesperson Ted Townsend. “That’s not the case here. Even the billiards players have their own lockers where they can keep their cues. And if you know billiard or pool players, that’s a big deal.”
A full-service cafeteria seating more than 80 people is also open to both members and non-members, serving healthy meals and snacks.
Much of the first floor is dedicated to seniors, with additional space on the second floor also available for multi-purpose use.
The entire building is designed to let in considerable nature light, as well as being built to LEED gold certification—a measure of environmentally-friendly design.
The new facility recognizes a rapidly growing, and active, seniors population.
“The Western world in general has an aging population, but in Richmond we also have the longest average lifespan of any Canadian city,” says Townsend. “One of the challenges we had to look at in terms of this building was that seniors are living longer, and when you get a wider range in terms of age you are serving, you also get a wider degree of needs and interests. The old concept of a senior has exploded. Now, you have a lot more people who are physically healthy and active well into what is considered their senior years. But you also have a lot of people who in the past might have been confided to home or residences now able to get out and come here.”