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Vancouver Park Board approves existing site for new Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre

June 14 2016

“Marpole residents want the new centre to stay exactly where the current centre is located and the Board supports this preference,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung.

Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre

The Vancouver Park Board is moving forward on renewing the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre at its current location in Oak Park.

The Board approved the motion PDF file (70 KB) to renew the community centre renewal at its meeting last night.

Goal is to break ground in two years

“Marpole residents want the new centre to stay exactly where the current centre is located and the Board supports this preference,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “Renewal discussions have been taking place for 16 years so it’s past time to take action. Our goal is to break ground in two years.”

Co-location of complementary services

The consultation and planning process will begin immediately with funding coming from the 2016 Park Board budget. The Board will consider co-location or inclusion of a complementary service such as daycare, seniors’ centre, playing field, or pool after further consultation with residents.

Association support

“We’re looking forward to working with the Park Board on building a functional space to serve our entire community – youth, families, and seniors,” said Mike Burdick, president of the Marpole-Oakridge Community Association.

The current centre was built in 1949 and is the oldest within the Park Board’s network of 24 centres. It has no rink, pool, or seniors centre.

Increased density

The centre is located in the middle of a rapidly growing community. Population, development, and density along the Cambie and Oak street corridors have grown faster than anticipated. Three-quarters of the growth is expected to take place near the current community centre.

A Park Board 2011 feasibility study PDF file (5.6 MB) for a new community centre indicated Oak Park was the best location for a renewed facility. The park, which is 5.25 hectares in size, includes a playground, ball/roller hockey rink, basketball court, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts.