Name picked for downtown community centre

It’s official. City council has chosen a name for the much-anticipated community centre now under construction in City Centre: City Centre Community Centre.

It’s hardly novel, but the name is in keeping with Richmond’s tradition of naming community centres by the neighbourhoods they serve.

“Other names were considered, however, keeping a consistent naming practice with the other community centres, and creating a link to the association who will partner with the city on the facility’s operation were considered to be a priority,” said Elizabeth Ayers, manager of community recreation services, in a report to council.

Councillors approved the name Monday, well ahead of the community centre’s completion. Originally slated to open this fall, that’s now when construction on the space is scheduled to begin.

The 33,000-square-foot facility will boast a large fitness studio, multipurpose rooms, arts space, a “community living room” and large lobby spaces for informal gathering.

It’s being built at 5900 Minoru Blvd. as part of Quintet, a five-tower residential development now under construction. Canada Sunrise Development Corp., a Canadian subsidiary of the Malaysian firm UEM Sunrise Berhad, is behind the project, which also includes space for a new campus of Trinity Western University.

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