Cranberry Children’s Centre now open in Richmond’s Hamilton community
06 October 2014
The finger paints, chalk and story books are out at the new Cranberry Children’s Centre, located in Richmond’s Hamilton community. The centre, which provides 34 spaces of licensed child care for infants, toddlers and children up to six years old, had its official grand opening on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
The new facility is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to expand the supply of child care spaces in Richmond.
“The City is proud this new important facility will provide quality child care in the Hamilton community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The City is committed to being an active partner with senior governments, parents, the private sector and non-profit agencies to develop and maintain a comprehensive child care system throughout Richmond.”
Operated by the Society of Richmond Children’s Centres, the facility, located at 23591 Westminster Highway, has 3,400 sq. ft. of indoor space and 21,232 sq. ft. of outdoor space, which includes the surface parking lot.
A public art piece called Cranberry Critters is incorporated into sections of the facility’s wooden perimeter fence. Created by artists Ron Hart and Michael Fugeta, a selection of vertical pickets were replaced by vibrant, colourful steel pickets topped with outlines of various animals. The figures help populate the playground by offering a variety of forms and shadows that promote learning, imagination and play.
Cranberry Children’s Centre is the sixth City-owned, purpose-built child care facility in Richmond. Related to a rezoning process, TransLink provided a community amenity contribution of a 2.43-acre site and $1.77 million to assist with construction costs. Western Financial Group also provided a $5,000 infrastructure grant.
Construction of the centre was completed in July 2014. Operations commenced on September 2, 2014.
In addition to Cranberry Children’s Centre, the City has five other existing facilities serving the Steveston, Thompson, City Centre and West Cambie areas. These child care centres have a licensed capacity of 162 spaces. Four more child care facilities and one early childhood development hub have been secured through rezoning processes. These will be located in the following developments: Parc Riviera, Cadence, River Green, The Gardens and Pinnacle Living at Capstan Village. Combined, the new facilities are expected to add 217 spaces for child care in Richmond.
Richmond's Official Community Plan aims to “promote the establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive child care system to provide accessible and affordable quality programs,” and encourages the development of child care facilities in a wide range of Richmond neighbourhoods.
For more information on child care in Richmond, please visit www.richmond.ca/plandev/socialplan/childcare/overview.