2018 – Construction completed on the Minoru Centre for Active Living
November 2016 – Construction milestone – completion of second floor fitness floor
2016 – Official ground breaking for Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1A ground breaking ceremony for the new Brighouse No. 1 Fire Hall marks the beginning of the end of an ambitious public safety rebuilding program. Since 2006, the City has replaced three fire halls, completed a major retrofit of a fourth hall, acquired and renovated the Richmond Community Safety Building (home of the Richmond police detachment) and is currently building two additional replacement fire halls.
Construction milestone – completion of concrete raft slabMayor Malcolm Brodie is joined by several members of Council to participate in the final slab pouring on April 27, 2016.
2015 – Official opening of redeveloped Minoru Park sports fieldsOn Saturday, April 11, an opening ceremony marks the official opening of the new artificial turf fields in Minoru Park. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Richmond City Baseball hosts its opening day celebration on Latrace Field.
2014 – Council approves Minoru Complex Floor PlanCouncil approves the floor plans and preliminary form/character design of the Minoru Complex, allowing staff to proceed with preparation of detailed design drawings.
2014 – Construction launches on the Minoru ComplexOn July 21, a ground-breaking event officially launches construction of a $79.6 million multi-purpose facility that will house new aquatic and older adult centres, a fitness centre and sport field support spaces and amenities.
2014 – Minoru Sports Pavilion Celebration and FarewellThe final event hosted in Minoru Sports Pavilion to celebrate its 50 years of service to the community is held on July 5. The event program featured demonstrations and presentations by community members representing the many groups who used the Pavilion over the years. The Pavilion was demolished later in July to make way for construction to begin on the Minoru Complex.
2010 – Winter OlympicsMinoru Park hosts over 500,000 visitors over 17 days at the Ozone, Richmond’s Celebration Site for the 2010 Winter Olympics. On February 9, over 20,000 people gathered in Minoru Park to welcome Rick Hansen onto the stage to light the cauldron as part of the Olympic Torch Relay, igniting the Olympic spirit in Richmond.
2009 – Unveiling of the statue “Minoru Horse” by Sergei TraschenkoThis statue of Minoru commemorates the opening of Minoru Park on Aug. 21, 1909, the first thoroughbred racing course in Richmond. The thoroughbred, Minoru, under the colours of Edward VII, won the Epsom Derby in England in 1909.
1986 – Minoru Place Activity CentreMinoru Place Activity Centre, Richmond’s first dedicated facility to serve the older adult population, opens to the public.
1979 – Minoru Park plays host to BC Summer Games.Minoru Park plays host to BC Summer Games.
1977 – Minoru Aquatic Centre officially opensMinoru Aquatic Centre officially opens
1967 – Jefferson Airplane performsJefferson Airplane performs at Richmond Arena. Read More Information
1965 – Richmond Arena OpensStadium rink opens in September 1965. Expansion of the Silver rink and the office areas takes place in September 1984.
1964 – Grand Opening of the Minoru Sports PavilionThe official opening of the Minoru Sports Pavilion takes place on May 18, 1964 and is attended by the Honourable Arthur Laing, MP for Vancouver South, along with other dignitaries.
1960 – Construction of a running trackConstruction of a running track and associated track and field facilities.
1958 – Centennial Pool in Minoru Park.Construction of Centennial Pool in Minoru Park, originally an outdoor pool.
1958 – The City acquires Section 8 from the BC Turf and Country ClubThe City acquires Section 8 from the BC Turf and Country Club, owners of the Brighouse Park racetrack to be reserved as parkland (originally called Richmond Centennial Park, renamed Minoru Park in 1960).
1910 – The first western Canadian airplane flightThe first-ever Canadian airplane flight west of Winnipeg takes off from Minoru Racetrack in March - this helped set the precedent for the later development of Vancouver Airport in Richmond (Sea Island), which opened in 1931.
1909 – Opening Day of Minoru RacetrackOpening Day of Minoru Racetrack and Clubhouse was August 21, 1909. Named after a horse owned by King Edward VII, Minoru was at one time considered the best racetrack in western North America.