Minoru Centre for Active Living to open March 11
29 January 2019
The new Minoru Centre for Active Living is expected to open to the public on Monday, March 11, subject to receipt of final occupancy. An official grand opening of the facility will be held in early April.
“This spectacular facility will provide a major expansion of seniors services, aquatics and other sport and recreation services for our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “With its outstanding array of services, iconic design and prominent location in the heart of Richmond, the Minoru Centre for Active Living will quickly become one of the jewels of our community.”
The new $79 million complex is designed to meet the needs of Richmond’s growing and evolving population.
The seniors centre within the facility will provide expanded service for the fastest growing segment of Richmond’s population. Built over two storeys, the seniors centre will provide double the program space of the existing Minoru Place Activity Centre. The Minoru Seniors Society will provide a comprehensive and expanded range of programs and services though the new facility
With six bodies of water, including Canada’s largest hot tub, the aquatics centre in the new facility provides 60% more surface water area than the current Minoru Aquatic Centre.
The new facility also includes a 8,500 sq. ft. fitness centre, sport programming and support space, full service cafeteria and bistro, commercial kitchen, three new outdoor public plazas and two public art installations.
Existing registered programs and services at Minoru Aquatic Centre and Minoru Place Activity Centre will transition to the new facility when the new facility opens Registration for new programs to be offered at Minoru Centre for Active Living will be available through the City’s website at” www.richmond.ca/register starting online February 12, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. for Aquatic programs and 10:00 p.m. for Senior and Fitness programs.
Further details on the opening of the Minoru Centre for Active Living and details on the official grand opening will be announced in the near future.
A new Minoru Centre for Active Living website will be launched soon. In the interim, more details on the facility are available at the project website at www.yourminoru.ca.
About the Minoru Centre for Active Living
The Minoru Centre for Active Living is an 110,000 square feet facility located at the southwest corner of the Minoru Civic Precinct. It houses an aquatic centre, seniors centre, fitness centre and amenities to support Minoru Park’s outdoor sports facilities.
The aquatics portion of the new centre includes:
- two 25-metre pools (one 8-lane tank and one 6-lane tank) with accessible features and varying depths and temperatures, allowing for greater usability and flexibility in programming;
- a large leisure pool with features including a large river run, spray elements and play features
- a wellness area with two hot pools, a cold plunge pool, steam room and saunas;
- a large change room area featuring a mix of gender-specific and universal change areas.
The seniors centre, designed on two floors includes a lounge, full-service cafe, a range of activity rooms, including an arts studio, woodworking shop, billiards/games room, multipurpose rooms and a dedicated entrance and lobby.
The fitness centre includes 8,500 square feet of fitness space offering a range of machines and equipment to cater to users of all ages and abilities with a focus on active aging and independent living.
Eight team rooms for sport field users that are accessible from the fields and multipurpose spaces to support tournaments and events.
The interior space for sports programming supports previously completed redevelopment of the artificial turf fields, field lighting and other sports fields within Minoru Park as part of this project.
Food and Beverages Facilities
A full service cafeteria in the Seniors Centre with a commercial kitchen, as well as a bistro that is open to the general public.
Three outdoor plazas surrounding the facility to enhance and support the programming of the facility as well as Minoru Park as a whole.
Errant Rain Cloud by Germaine Koh and Gordon Hicks is a whimsical white cloud that will hang above the leisure pool. The artwork will mimic the natural atmospheric rain cycle and will periodically produce a gentle rainfall for pool users to enjoy.
Together by David Jacob Harder, represents the community collectively and is made up of hundreds of steel silhouettes of people and elements of the area to compose a sculpture of a two larger-than-life figures.
The sculpture will be installed at the main entrance of the Minoru Centre for Active Living.
What are you doing, Richmond? by Sylvia Grace Borda, embraces the spirit and captures the diversity of the activities and participants within Minoru community facilities and builds excitement for the grand opening of the Minoru Centre for Active Living. The photographic artwork from this legacy project will be exhibited in the new Minoru Centre for Active Living, on the centre’s website and as a selection of action portraits on Google Street View.
In keeping with the City’s commitment to community engagement, programs and services at the Minoru Centre for Active Living will be provided in partnership with the Minoru Seniors Society, Richmond Fitness and Wellness Association, and Richmond Sports Council. The Aquatics Services Board will also provide input and advice regarding aquatics services and programs. The Minoru Centre for Active Living Program Committee will also provide ongoing input and feedback on programming and services.