The new Minoru Centre for Active Living will open for service in 2018. The new name for the multipurpose complex, which is now under construction in Minoru Park, was officially endorsed by Richmond City Council this past Monday.
“This new facility will be at the heart of our community and will become a major destination for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It represents a significant increase in services for aquatics users, seniors and others in order to meet the needs of our evolving community. It will also support our continued commitment to healthy, active lifestyles and community livability.”
The facility will include an aquatic centre, seniors centre and other recreation and sports amenities. It will replace the aging and outdated Minoru Aquatic Centre and Minoru Place Activity Centre as well as the former Minoru Pavilion.
The name choice provides continuity. The use of ‘Minoru’ in the name retains a connection to all of the facilities that this facility replaces and its location within Minoru Park. The new facility offers a variety of activities and Active Living is a term that is inclusive of all of them.
The new facility’s aquatic centre will feature:
• two 25-metre swimming 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 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 facility’s seniors centre will be located on two floors with 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.
Other features include a 7,300 square foot fitness centre offering a range of machines and equipment to cater to users of all ages and abilities. The facility will also house eight team rooms for sport field users that are accessible from the fields and multipurpose spaces to support tournaments and events.
Find out more about this project at www.yourminoru.ca.