Motion brought forward by NPA Park Board Commissioner, and Park Board Chair, Sarah Kirby-Yung calls for public consultations to begin in 2016, design and planning in 2017, and ground breaking for new Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre in 2018.
Vancouver, B.C., June 14, 2016 – An NPA campaign commitment to build a new Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre took a big step forward at last night’s Park Board meeting thanks to a motion brought forward by NPA Park Board Commissioner, and Chair, Sarah Kirby-Yung. The motion, which carried unanimously, calls for the community centre to remain at the current Oak Park site at Oak Street & 59th Avenue. The motion also calls for the consultation and planning process to begin as soon as possible utilizing consultation funding already allocated in the 2016 Park Board budget.
Kirby-Yung says past community consultations have indicated a clear preference for the community centre to remain at the Oak Park site, including a 2011 report to the Park Board and a staff recommendation which indicated that Oak Park was the best location for a renewed Marpole-Oakridge community centre facility.
“The Park Board has a successful model for community centres that locates them in or adjacent to parks and green spaces to maximize recreation and fitness opportunities and enable other complementary uses and programming,” said Kirby-Yung. “The Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre is already adjacent to green space, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and a children’s water park, which makes it the perfect location for a renewed community centre facility.”
Kirby-Yung says she also wants the Marpole-Oakridge planning process to consider the co-location of a variety of complementary services such as expansion of the existing daycare, a seniors centre, an artificial turf field, running track with nighttime lighting, ice rink, or a pool, as determined through the public consultation process.
Kirby-Yung’s motion calls for a project timeline to be prepared and shared with the community as soon as possible, with public consultations to begin in 2016, design and planning in 2017, and ground breaking for a new Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre in 2018.
The Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre was built in 1949. It is the oldest facility in the Park Board’s network of community centres and long overdue for renewal. Renewal has been under discussion for sixteen years.
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The existing Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre is located in the middle of a rapidly growing area of the city. Population growth, development, and increased density along the Cambie corridor, as well as along Oak Street, has been much greater than previously anticipated.
An additional Canada Line station is being considered for Cambie at 57th Avenue. Seventy-five percent of the planned growth for the area is expected to be along the Cambie Corridor.
During the 2014 municipal election, NPA Park Board Commissioners committed to: restoring Park Board relationships with Community Centre Associations; increasing the number of outdoor swimming pools; moving the construction of the Killarney Seniors Centre forward, and increasing community consultation.
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