Next phase underway for Minoru Civic Precinct projects
09 July 2014
The next step in the redevelopment of the Minoru Civic Precinct was launched this week with the closure of the historic Minoru Pavilion. The City will be building a new aquatic, older adult and recreation and fitness complex in Minoru Park and several changes are underway to prepare for the beginning of construction.
The Minoru Pavilion is now closed to the public, with the exception of the building’s public washrooms, which will remain open until temporary washrooms are constructed. The pavilion building will be demolished once temporary site works are in place.
Use of the Minoru No. 2 artificial turf field has also been suspended. That field surface will be removed beginning July 10 to allow site preparation to begin for the multi-purpose complex.
Preloading and other site preparation work will continue throughout the summer and fall. The new multi-purpose facility is expected to be completed in 2017. Construction of a new No. 1 Fire Hall, at Gilbert and Granville on the edge of the park, will also commence later this year.
Meanwhile, work is continuing on relocation and expansion of a number of playing fields and other amenities in Minoru Park. The existing Latrace baseball diamond is being converted into Richmond’s first all-weather artificial turf baseball/soccer field. Another new multi-purpose artificial turf field will be constructed in the north of the park to replace the current Minoru No. 2 field. The cricket pitch and track and field throwing events will also be relocated. Construction of the new playing fields is expected to be completed this fall. Two tennis courts at the Richmond Tennis Club will be relocated farther north in the park to accommodate the sports fields. The plan includes expanded parking and pedestrian pathways in the park.
As part of the development of the sports fields in Minoru Park, sections of the Minoru Park trail system have temporarily closed to the until the end of October 2014. The major trail pathway linking the east to west connection will be closed. The public is asked to use the perimeter trail system of the park when walking or cycling.
The projects are all part of a comprehensive $123.7 million major capital program approved last year by Richmond City Council, which will also see completion of a new City Centre Community Centre, now under construction.
For more information and details on Minoru Park upgrades, contact the City of Richmond’s Parks Division at 604-244-1208 or visit www.richmond.ca/minoruprecinct.