NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. — The next phase of the Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre is moving ahead in North Vancouver.
City officials said the plans will align with the development of the rest of the surrounding neighbourhood. Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2022 and wrap up in 2025. The facility’s final design is expected to be presented to city officials in April.
“This is a great day for people in our city,” said Mayor Linda Buchanan in a press release. “Today’s announcement puts us on track to deliver this long-awaited new facility which prioritizes the wellbeing of people. Through location, amenities and programming the new centre will promote a healthy community within a walkable neighbourhood as council has envisioned.”
The first phase of the project is well underway with city staff negotiating lease terms with Darwin Properties for the project’s remaining sites. The city stated it plans to sign leases for remaining city-owned sites sometime this year, with revenues from the leases financing the construction of the new centre.
The centre’s design features a mixed-use development of residential and commercial space, a new park and a prominent connection for the Green Necklace.
Officials explained leasing the land first enables the city to finance the new centre right away, mitigating potential financial risk that is often associated with a large project.
The current facility, which was built in 1966, will cease operation at the end of next year to prepare for the new centre. North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission staff will relocate priority programming to other facilities, similar to the process used during the construction of Delbrook Community Recreation Centre.
The city plans for the new facility to include an arena, an enhanced aquatics centre, multipurpose spaces, fitness space, preschool space, a gymnasium, youth and arts spaces, and an outdoor area that includes a new skate park, active and play areas and an outdoor multisport court. The project will also feature a new facility for Silver Harbour Seniors Activity Centre.