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Single Minoru Park building offers 'most flexibility'

City staff are suggesting one building, with dedicated areas and shared spaces, for a new pool, seniors centre and pavilion in Minoru Park.  -
City staff are suggesting one building, with dedicated areas and shared spaces, for a new pool, seniors centre and pavilion in Minoru Park.
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Richmond City Hall's plan for a new pool, seniors centre and pavilion at Minoru Park could involve a single integrated facility or three separate buildings.

A third option could see one building with fully separated spaces.

On Monday, senior staff presented city council options for configuring $79.6 million in planned park facilities. Recommended is one 109,000-square-foot building with some shared areas—an option that provides "the least duplication of support spaces, therefore increasing the programmable space available to all users," said city managers Serena Lusk and Jim Young in a staff report.

"It is also consistent with trends and best practices and provides the most flexibility to the city for the future as needs and demographics change."

The design includes multipurpose rooms, which could be used by seniors during the day, and pool-related functions in the evening. Other shared spaces would include washrooms, reception area, staff area, commercial kitchen and fitness centre. Dedicated spaces for the pool, seniors centre and pavilion are also part of the plan.

The model maximizes space without duplicating support areas, but requires greater "compromises" and "co-operation among user groups and individuals," according to city staff.

Civic politicians referred the file back to staff Monday for more work and consultation. Mayor Malcolm Brodie also asked staff to arrange a tour of Edmonds Community Centre in Burnaby—a $40-million, 85,000-square-foot facility that opened last year, incorporating pools, gymnasiums, a fitness centre, seniors' facilities and multipurpose rooms.

The Minoru Park facility is scheduled to open in fall of 2017. More detailed plans are expected to be presented to council in July, before council's decision on building form this fall.

Construction is prompting a change in some sports fields and park uses. A field relocation project—creating room for the facility—is scheduled to be finished in October.

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