Minoru Sports Pavilion marks 50th anniversary with celebration and farewell
12 June 2014
Officially opened in May 1964, Minoru Sports Pavilion turned the big 5-0 this year. To commemorate the Pavilion’s five decades of service to the community, several initiatives are underway to celebrate both the Pavilion’s history and its upcoming retirement.
“Over the past fifty years, the historic Pavilion has played a varied and significant role in the lives of many Richmond residents,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The facility supported Richmond’s hosting of numerous major provincial, national and international events – from the 1979 BC Summer Games to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The banquet room also hosted various functions: regular meetings of clubs and service organizations, dances, fundraisers, lunch hour fitness classes, community forums, ceremonies, physical activity and wellness programs, amateur performances and sporting events. Since opening day, the Pavilion has been an important part of the recreational, social and cultural life of the city.”
A new chapter in the Minoru Civic Precinct is beginning. In July 2014, Minoru Sports Pavilion will be decommissioned to make way for a multi-purpose complex that will house a new aquatic centre, new older adult centre and space for other recreation and community needs.
To celebrate and remember the building, the public is invited to share their memories of the Pavilion by submitting stories, photos and videos through LetsTalkRichmond.ca, the City of Richmond’s online community engagement site.
In addition, a Celebration and Farewell event will be held on Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to commemorate the Pavilion’s past and allow residents to experience a final memory of this historically significant facility. A portion of the event program will be dedicated to demonstrations and presentations by community members, representing the many and varied groups who have used the Pavilion over the past 50 years. Those interested in sharing their talents in honour of the Pavilion are invited to respond to a Performers’ Call by Monday, June 23. For more information, please visit www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca.
The public is also welcome to donate Minoru Sports Pavilion-related artefacts and photos to the City. To learn more about donating photos or other records, please contact the City of Richmond Archives at 604-247-8305 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about donating artefacts, please contact Richmond Museum and Heritage Services Curator Rebecca Forrest at 604–247-8331 or email@example.com.
For more information on Minoru Sports Pavilion’s Golden anniversary celebration and farewell or the Minoru Civic Precinct, please visit www.richmond.ca/plandev/city-projects/minoru-precinct or www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca.