Minoru Civic Precinct
- Building For Our Future
- Project Budget
- Public Engagement
- Project Schedule
- Project News Releases
Building For Our Future
The City of Richmond has launched a major new capital building program in the Minoru Civic Precinct to address current and future recreation, sport, cultural, social and community wellness needs.
The program includes:
- Construction of a new integrated, multi-purpose complex in the southwest area of Minoru Park that will include a new aquatic centre, new older adult centre and space for other recreation and community needs. This complex will replace and expand services provided at Minoru Aquatic Centre, Minoru Place Activity Centre and the former Minoru Pavilion.
- Construction of a new No. 1 Fire Hall at Gilbert Road and Granville Avenue. In addition to being Richmond’s central fire hall and headquarters, this facility is also home to Richmond Fire-Rescue’s administrative offices, Fire Prevention and Public Education.
- An upgrade and relocation of playing fields and tennis courts in Minoru Park.
View the display boards from a series of public information sessions that illustrate the completed detailed designs for the Minoru Centre for Active Living, Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1 and Cambie Fire Hall No. 3.
Detailed Design - Minoru Complex - January 2016
Detailed Design - Fire Hall No. 1 and Fire Hall No. 3 - January 2016
Following the completion of the detailed design for the Minoru Centre for Active Living, construction on the raft slab began in March, 2016. The raft slab underneath the aquatics and seniors areas was poured in stages through March and the beginning of April. The final raft slab pour took place on April 27, 2016. The next phase of work is the vertical concrete work for perimeter walls, pool walls and the second floor of the facility which will house the fitness centre, group fitness spaces and seniors’ multipurpose spaces. The new multi-purpose complex is expected to be completed in 2018.
Project Website Launched
The City of Richmond has launched a dedicated project website to encourage the public to keep up to date on the progress of the Minoru Centre for Active Living.
Visit www.YourMinoru.ca to view the latest project updates, links to Council reports and project-related information.
Minoru Centre for Active Living
Replacement of the aging Minoru Aquatic Centre and Minoru Place Activity Centre were among Council’s top priorities for its current term. Parts of the Minoru Aquatic Centre are more than 50 years old and the facility is lacking in many modern amenities. The Minoru Place Activity Centre is inadequate to meet the long-term needs of Richmond’s rapidly growing population of older adults. Replacing these centres on a new site ensures there will be no disruption of service to users of the current facilities.
The new Minoru Centre for Active Living will replace these two facilities, along with the Minoru Pavilion, and provide for future community needs.
Council approved preliminary program space allocations for the new facility on July 28, 2014. The new Minoru Centre for Active Living will be 110,000 square feet. The building will have a mix of dedicated and shared spaces to ensure individual stakeholder needs are met while maximizing programmable time throughout the building and integrating common areas where flexible. The aquatic centre will feature two 25-metre pools and a variety of smaller pools and related amenities.
Proposed floor plan and preliminary form/character reports for Minoru Centre for Active Living and Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1 were approved by City Council on October 27, 2014.
For further information on this project, please call the Community Services Division at 604-244-1208.
Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1
The No. 1 Fire Hall was outdated and susceptible to damage if a major earthquake occurs. The new facility will be post-disaster rated to ensure it remains operable in an emergency. Completion of the new No. 1 Fire Hall will mean all of Richmond’s major public safety buildings will have been rebuilt or renovated within the last decade to ensure they meet modern building standards as well as existing and future community needs.
Fire Hall No. 1 will be replaced at the existing site at 6960 Gilbert Road.
Council has approved a program allocation plan that provides for a new four-bay hall that will be approximately 25, 240 square feet – an expansion from the former 17,000 square foot facility. The new fire hall will also house Richmond Fire-Rescue’s administration offices.
Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1 program allocation report
Detailed design is now complete. Construction began in early 2015 with the relocation of Fire Rescue and Administration staff across Gilbert Road to a temporary facility. Demolition of the former Brighouse Fire Hall has now been completed and ground improvements for its replacement facility are underway. The Fire Hall is scheduled to be complete by the Spring of 2017.
Over the past decade, Richmond has built three new fire halls and completed a major renovation and seismic upgrade on an existing fire hall. The City also acquired and upgraded the new Richmond Community Safety Building, which is home to the Richmond RCMP detachment. Work is also underway on design and construction of a new Cambie Fire Hall No. 3, which will include BC’s first joint fire hall/ambulance station located in a major urban centre.
Minoru Park Playing Fields
In order to make room for the new Minoru Centre for Active Living and to enhance amenities for field sports, a number of playing fields within Minoru Park have been relocated and/or upgraded.
The existing Latrace baseball diamond has been upgraded into Richmond’s first all-weather artificial turf baseball/soccer field. The Minoru 2 multi-purpose artificial turf field has been relocated farther north in the park.
The new all-purpose field (Minoru 2) went into service at its new location in early November, 2014. Minoru 3/Latrace, designed to accommodate baseball, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse, was officially opened in April, 2015 in conjunction with the start of the new baseball season.
Throwing facilities for discus, shot put, hammer and javelin have been improved and expanded and now meet International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards.
The new sports field configuration was developed in consultation with the Richmond Sports Council.
Two tennis courts at the Richmond Tennis Club have been relocated farther north in the park. City of Richmond staff have been working with the Tennis Club to minimize the impacts to its operations.
The plan also includes expanded parking and pedestrian pathways in the park.
Some trails within the park will be temporarily closed and/or relocated to accommodate the work. A limited amount of tree removal will also occur within the park to accommodate the footprint of the new amenities. Where possible, these trees will be relocated. Where trees are removed, they will be replaced at a three to one ratio in new landscaping.
Minoru Civic Precinct Public Art Plan
The Minoru Civic Precinct Public Art Plan was officially endorsed by Council on October 14, 2014. The public art opportunities identified in the public art plan aim to provide opportunities to experience artistic expression in the most public locations and to reflect and enhance the unique services and programs offered in the facilities, including the Minoru Centre for Active Living and the larger Civic Precinct.
Minoru Civic Precinct Public Art Plan
Minoru Park Container Art
As part of the construction program for the Minoru Centre for Active Living, new heritage wraps on storage containers have been unveiled in Minoru Park. A selection of archival photographs has been sourced from the Richmond Archives to remind residents of the history and continued importance of the Minoru Civic Precinct to the recreational and social life of Richmond residents.
Three of the containers, which are being used as storage and to house electrical controls on the construction site have been wrapped with images of present and past uses of Minoru Park. The horse racing images depict a time when Minoru Park was home to what was at one time considered the best racetrack in western North America. Another image features Centennial Pool, the first major recreational development by the City on what is now Minoru Park.
The Minoru Civic Precinct Public Art Plan was officially endorsed by City Council on October 14, 2014. Initiated as part of the project’s Public Engagement Plan, the container wraps are an example of how public art can be used to transform the places where we live, work and play into environments that invite interaction. The Public Art Plan aims to provide opportunities to experience artistic expression in the most public locations and to reflect and enhance the unique services and programs offered in the facilities, including Minoru Centre for Active Living and Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1, as well as the larger Civic Precinct as a whole.
The Minoru Civic Precinct projects are part of a comprehensive $123.7 million major capital program which will also see completion of a new City Centre Community Centre, now under construction.
The City will finance the projects through use of reserves and borrowing of approximately $50.8 million to take advantage of low interest rates. The financing plan ensures that there will be no property tax increases or operating budget impacts in order to fund construction of the new buildings. Richmond will be able to reallocate current debt payments, along with casino revenue sharing funds, to cover borrowing costs.
An extensive public engagement program will ensure the community has input into the development of the new facilities. Council has appointed two advisory groups to provide advice on construction and programming (please see Terms of Reference below). The public consultation program includes stakeholder information meetings, public open houses and online consultation through the Let’s Talk Richmond website and the launch of a dedicated project website, www.yourminoru.ca.
Major Facility Building/Project Technical Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference
Minoru Major Facility Stakeholder Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference
Following the completion of the detailed design for the new facility, construction on the raft slab began in March, 2016. The raft slab underneath the aquatics and seniors areas was poured in stages through March and the beginning of April. The final raft slab pour took place on April 27, 2016. The next phase of work is the vertical concrete work for perimeter walls, pool walls and the second floor of the facility which will house the fitness centre, group fitness spaces and seniors’ multipurpose spaces. The new multi-purpose complex is expected to be completed in 2018.