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Excitement is building towards the opening in March of Richmond’s $79 million Minoru Centre for Active Living. This provides a major expansion of aquatics and seniors services for our community to replace existing undersized and obsolete facilities. It is a simple, spectacular design located on the west side of Minoru Park and will feature an outstanding array of sport and recreation services.
The aquatics centre is the largest component. With six different pools, it will increase the surface water area by 60 per cent from the old Minoru Aquatics Centre. You will find these highlights:
• two 25-metre accessible pools with flexible programming features
• a large leisure pool including a river run, spray elements and play features
• a wellness area with two hot pools, cold plunge pool, steam room and saunas
• large change room areas with a mix of gender-specific and universal change areas.
The facility will also provide the new home for our seniors centre. It is double the size of the old seniors centre and is designed on two floors with a dedicated entrance and lobby. It includes a fireside lounge and a full-service café with a commercial kitchen, as well as a range of activity rooms such as an arts studio, woodworking shop, billiards/games area and multipurpose rooms. “Older” adults represent Richmond’s fastest growing population segment and the Centre will meet their important needs today and for decades to come.
Minoru Park is the host site for hundreds of events each year. Park users are well aware of the popularity of its running track and playing fields. Eight team rooms will be provided in the Centre for sport field users along with multipurpose spaces to support tournaments and events.
There will also be a spacious fitness centre, along with three outdoor plazas to enhance the experience.
This new Minoru Centre for Active Living will replace facilities that no longer meet the needs of our growing community. Council has already approved the repurposing of the existing seniors centre to augment the program space needed for arts and community groups. Council also needs to make a decision on the future of the current Minoru Aquatics Centre building. I believe the site should be returned to open green space for families, partially replacing the green space in the park that has been taken up by the new building. As a centre-piece park for our community, we need to avoid over-crowding Minoru Park with buildings.
To learn more about the Minoru Centre for Active Living, its amenities and programs visit the centre’s new website.