Container art illustrates progress on new Minoru Complex
7 November 2014
New heritage wraps on storage containers have been unveiled in Minoru Park. A selection of archival photographs has been sourced from the Richmond Archives to remind residents of the history and continued importance of the Minoru Civic Precinct to the recreational and social life of Richmond residents.
Three of the containers, which are being used as storage and to house electrical controls on the construction site that will eventually be home to the new Minoru Complex, have been wrapped with images of present and past uses of Minoru Park. The horse racing images depict a time when Minoru Park was home to what was at one time considered the best racetrack in western North America. Another image features Centennial Pool, the first major recreational development by the City on what is now Minoru Park.
The Minoru Civic Precinct Public Art Plan was officially endorsed by City Council on October 14, 2014. Initiated as part of the project’s Public Engagement Plan, the container wraps are an example of how public art can be used to transform the places where we live, work and play into environments that invite interaction. The Public Art Plan aims to provide opportunities to experience artistic expression in the most public locations and reflect and enhance the unique services and programs offered in the facilities, including Minoru Complex and Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1, as well as the larger Civic Precinct as a whole.
“Our goal for the Minoru Complex is to be a centre of excellence for active living and wellness for our community,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The Minoru Civic Precinct Public Art Plan supports this objective by creating opportunities to bring art, sport, recreation and culture together in the Minoru Civic Precinct.”
The first of four artist calls proposed in the approved public art plan was issued last week. Details are available at www.richmond.ca/publicart.
Another significant milestone for the Minoru Complex was achieved October 27, 2014, with Council’s endorsement of the floor plan and the preliminary form and character design of the new facility that will house a new aquatic centre, older adult centre and amenities to support the revitalized sports fields in Minoru Park.
The design was developed through site assessment, modeling and consultation with stakeholder groups and the public, to make best use of the space available, meet program specifications endorsed by Council in July and to allow for LEED certification. Highlights of the approved floor plan include:
- An older adults space, designed on two floors with a dedicated entrance and lobby, that is distinctly separate from the aquatics and outdoor field sports portions of the facility.
- An aquatic component that features two separate six-lane 25-metre pools, a large leisure pool, a sauna, steam room, two hot pools, a cold plunge pool and two on-deck viewing areas.
- A field support component featuring eight team rooms complete with showers and washrooms, storage, referee rooms, public washroom, first aid room, concession, outdoor viewing space and a large multipurpose room.
- Fitness and tenant space.
- A proposed building shape that includes an orientation to maximize natural light, views to the fields, oval track and mountains, as well as connections to three plaza areas around the building perimeter.
City staff, along with the architects, are now proceeding with detailed design – a process by which all building components, materials, colours and systems are coordinated and described through detailed drawings and specifications. This process will also include meetings with stakeholders for each functional area of the new facility to establish requirements to a high level of detail.
It is anticipated the public will be asked to provide input and comment as the design progresses. Learn more about the project and keep up to date on opportunities to provide input at www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca.