The New Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre

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We are building a new Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (HJCRC) in the heart of Central Lonsdale.

The new HJCRC embraces the City’s vision of A Healthy City for All, creating a welcoming, vibrant, social heart of the community. Focused on physical and mental health, wellness, inclusion and diversity, the HJCRC will create a barrier-free, accessible space for everyone to enjoy.

The current HJCRC was constructed in 1966. After serving the community of North Vancouver for more than 55 years, the existing Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre has reached the end of its useful life. HJCRC is on track to start construction mid-2022, with project completion anticipated for 2025.

The new HJCRC will be located across the street from the existing facility, on the north side of 23rd Street East between Lonsdale Avenue and St Georges Avenue. Centennial Theatre will remain open during construction.  

 

What Will Be Included in the New Recreation Centre?

The development of a new state-of-the-art facility will deliver exceptional experiences, programs and services to all community members.

The community recreation centre will be home to a wide range of new and improved recreational, cultural and green space improvements including:

  • Harry Jerome interior lobbycommunity atrium and gathering areas
  • ice arena with seating for 500 spectators
  • significantly more aquatic space
  • indoor and outdoor fitness spaces
  • full-size gymnasium
  • numerous multipurpose spaces
  • preschool and youth spaces
  • childcare programming
  • outdoor active/passive areas
  • art and cultural space
  • community kitchen
  • new skate park
  • nature play area
  • a multi-activity court

 



Design Elements

The new HJCRC’s sustainable design and building materials are key priorities to minimize the impact on the environment while improving building performance. The new community recreation centre will play a role in advancing the City’s Corporate Climate Action Plan by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 80% from the existing facility. Currently, the HJCRC accounts for 29% of the City’s building greenhouse gas emissions.

Other sustainable efforts at the new recreation centre will include: 

  • maximizing heat recovery through C02 refrigeration;
  • highly insulated building envelope;
  • extensive natural daylight;
  • innovative low-energy pool filtration system; and,
  • electric vehicle and bike charging stations. 

Driven by the City’s vision of A Healthy City for All, the new HJCRC will deliver high-quality programs, services and social experiences to all community members.

The new facility will be barrier-free and will achieve gold standard in the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program.

Video of New Community Recreation Centre Exterior & Interior

Sustainable Design

The new HJCRC’s sustainable design and building materials are key priorities to minimize the impact on the environment while improving building performance. The new community recreation centre will play a role in advancing the City’s Corporate Climate Action Plan by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 80% from the existing facility. Currently, the HJCRC accounts for 29% of the City’s building greenhouse gas emissions.

Other sustainable efforts at the new recreation centre will include: 

  • maximizing heat recovery through C02 refrigeration;
  • highly insulated building envelope;
  • extensive natural daylight;
  • innovative low-energy pool filtration system; and,
  • electric vehicle and bike charging stations. 

Accessible Design

Driven by the City’s vision of A Healthy City for All, the new HJCRC will deliver high-quality programs, services and social experiences to all community members.

The new facility will be barrier-free and will achieve gold standard in the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program.

Design of the Recreation Centre

Video of New Community Recreation Centre Exterior & Interior

 

Project Details

The anticipated project timeline* is as follows:

  • Winter 2021 – Upgrades to underground utilities on East 23rd Street
  • December 31, 2021 – Existing Harry Jerome Rec Centre closes (including Memorial Gym) and Flicka relocates to Mickey McDougall Gym
  • Early 2022 – Site preparation and demolition work begins on HJCRC site to the north of East 23rd Street, between Lonsdale Avenue and St. Georges Avenue
  • Early 2022 – Demolition of existing HJCRC building
  • Spring 2022 – Ground breaking for new HJCRC
  • 2025 – Anticipated opening date of new HJCRC
 

* Project timeline is subject to change due to construction schedule.

In order to make way for the new HJCRC and all the amenities that it will deliver to our community, the City must first demolish existing site components including the parking lot, skate park, and Norseman Field on the north side of 23rd Street East.

We know the closure of the current HJCRC will temporarily impact many recreation groups and users and we appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation. We are actively working to ensure community members can participate in their community recreational and cultural programs and services at alternate locations during this transition. Once the new recreation centre is complete in 2025, it will be home to an exciting new-state-of-the-art building that will deliver a diverse range of spaces and programs. 

Roadwork around the facility will take place periodically throughout construction. Upgrades to underground utilities are anticipated to start in late 2021. This website will be updated with details on the construction timeline and traffic impacts as the project progresses.

Once roadwork begins, please follow any posted signage and detours.

The replacement of the HJCRC community recreation centre is a significant community project.

Leasing the land where the existing recreation centre is located - also referred to as the Neighbourhood Lands or Lonsdale Square - will help pay for the new Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (HJCRC) upfront, mitigating the financial risk associated with such a large project. If the replacement of the community recreation centre were to be financed through borrowing, with the existing facility remaining open, the principle and interest of the required $100M of new debt would be covered by property tax increases. The impact on the tax rate would be an increase of 11.5% for 20 years.

The HJCRC redevelopment project is being designed by HCMA Architecture + Design, which has delivered award-winning community recreation centre projects throughout the Lower Mainland and across Canada.

MAKE Project Management has been hired to manage the project, and Smith Bros & Wilson will be undertaking pre-construction services to inform the detailed design process.

Timeline

The anticipated project timeline* is as follows:

  • Winter 2021 – Upgrades to underground utilities on East 23rd Street
  • December 31, 2021 – Existing Harry Jerome Rec Centre closes (including Memorial Gym) and Flicka relocates to Mickey McDougall Gym
  • Early 2022 – Site preparation and demolition work begins on HJCRC site to the north of East 23rd Street, between Lonsdale Avenue and St. Georges Avenue
  • Early 2022 – Demolition of existing HJCRC building
  • Spring 2022 – Ground breaking for new HJCRC
  • 2025 – Anticipated opening date of new HJCRC
 

* Project timeline is subject to change due to construction schedule.

Site Preparation & Demolition

In order to make way for the new HJCRC and all the amenities that it will deliver to our community, the City must first demolish existing site components including the parking lot, skate park, and Norseman Field on the north side of 23rd Street East.

We know the closure of the current HJCRC will temporarily impact many recreation groups and users and we appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation. We are actively working to ensure community members can participate in their community recreational and cultural programs and services at alternate locations during this transition. Once the new recreation centre is complete in 2025, it will be home to an exciting new-state-of-the-art building that will deliver a diverse range of spaces and programs. 

Roadwork

Roadwork around the facility will take place periodically throughout construction. Upgrades to underground utilities are anticipated to start in late 2021. This website will be updated with details on the construction timeline and traffic impacts as the project progresses.

Once roadwork begins, please follow any posted signage and detours.

Financing

The replacement of the HJCRC community recreation centre is a significant community project.

Leasing the land where the existing recreation centre is located - also referred to as the Neighbourhood Lands or Lonsdale Square - will help pay for the new Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (HJCRC) upfront, mitigating the financial risk associated with such a large project. If the replacement of the community recreation centre were to be financed through borrowing, with the existing facility remaining open, the principle and interest of the required $100M of new debt would be covered by property tax increases. The impact on the tax rate would be an increase of 11.5% for 20 years.

Project Partners

The HJCRC redevelopment project is being designed by HCMA Architecture + Design, which has delivered award-winning community recreation centre projects throughout the Lower Mainland and across Canada.

MAKE Project Management has been hired to manage the project, and Smith Bros & Wilson will be undertaking pre-construction services to inform the detailed design process.

 

Transition & Interim Services Plan

The existing Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre and Memorial Gym will close at the end of December 2021 in order to allow the redevelopment of the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands to begin.

Construction of the new HJCRC will begin in 2022. The Mickey McDougall Community Recreation Centre will also close and be repurposed as the new home of Flicka Gymnastics in early 2022.

As the replacement of the facility is a significant community project, leasing the land where the existing recreation centre is located - also referred to as the Neighbourhood Lands or Lonsdale Square - will help pay for the new Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (HJCRC). This allows the City to finance the new HJCRC up-front, mitigating the financial risk associated with such a large project.

If the replacement of the community recreation centre were to be financed through borrowing, with the existing facility remaining open, the principle and interest of the required $100M of new debt would be covered by property tax increases. The impact on the tax rate would be an increase of 11.5% for 20 years.

The new HJCRC is on track to start construction Spring 2022, with project completion anticipated for 2025. We recognize that the closure of the current Harry Jerome recreation centre will impact many recreation groups and users and appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation. City and NVRC staff are working closely with users and rental groups to relocate activities and programs as much as possible.

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission (NVRC) is working hard to relocate priority programming to other facilities, similar to the process used during the construction of Delbrook Community Recreation Centre. NVRC staff are assessing capacity at other community recreation centres; due to limited facility space, efforts will be made to relocate as many programs as possible. Information about 2022 offerings will be available on NVRC’s website later in the fall.

Starting in 2022 and throughout the next few years while the new HJCRC is being built, recreation users will be able to access recreation and culture programs and services at NVRC’s other rec centres in North Vancouver including:

  • Delbrook Community Recreation Centre - swimming, fitness, sports, arts, pottery and more
  • John Braithwaite Community Centre - fitness, sports, arts and more
  • Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre - swimming, skating, fitness and more
  • Lions Gate Community Centre - fitness, sports, arts and more (opening Fall 2021)
  • North Vancouver Tennis Centre - indoor tennis
  • Parkgate Community Centre - fitness, sports, arts, pottery and more
  • Ron Andrews Community Recreation Centre - swimming, fitness, sports, arts and more

For more detailed information about each rec centre, including addresses, programs and opening times, please visit NVRC’s website.

Outdoor Recreation & Culture Opportunities

The City of North Vancouver also has many outdoor recreation and culture amenities and public spaces that community members can access to stay active and creative. The City is home to a diverse range of parks, trails, public spaces and amenities. From wilderness parks and trails, to all-weather sports fields, to spray parks, an ice rink and picnic facilities, the City has something for everyone.

When is the existing HJCRC closing?

The existing Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre and Memorial Gym will close at the end of December 2021 in order to allow the redevelopment of the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands to begin.

Construction of the new HJCRC will begin in 2022. The Mickey McDougall Community Recreation Centre will also close and be repurposed as the new home of Flicka Gymnastics in early 2022.

Why is the existing centre closing during construction?

As the replacement of the facility is a significant community project, leasing the land where the existing recreation centre is located - also referred to as the Neighbourhood Lands or Lonsdale Square - will help pay for the new Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (HJCRC). This allows the City to finance the new HJCRC up-front, mitigating the financial risk associated with such a large project.

If the replacement of the community recreation centre were to be financed through borrowing, with the existing facility remaining open, the principle and interest of the required $100M of new debt would be covered by property tax increases. The impact on the tax rate would be an increase of 11.5% for 20 years.

The new HJCRC is on track to start construction Spring 2022, with project completion anticipated for 2025. We recognize that the closure of the current Harry Jerome recreation centre will impact many recreation groups and users and appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation. City and NVRC staff are working closely with users and rental groups to relocate activities and programs as much as possible.

When HJCRC closes, where can customers go for recreation and culture programs and services?

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission (NVRC) is working hard to relocate priority programming to other facilities, similar to the process used during the construction of Delbrook Community Recreation Centre. NVRC staff are assessing capacity at other community recreation centres; due to limited facility space, efforts will be made to relocate as many programs as possible. Information about 2022 offerings will be available on NVRC’s website later in the fall.

Starting in 2022 and throughout the next few years while the new HJCRC is being built, recreation users will be able to access recreation and culture programs and services at NVRC’s other rec centres in North Vancouver including:

  • Delbrook Community Recreation Centre - swimming, fitness, sports, arts, pottery and more
  • John Braithwaite Community Centre - fitness, sports, arts and more
  • Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre - swimming, skating, fitness and more
  • Lions Gate Community Centre - fitness, sports, arts and more (opening Fall 2021)
  • North Vancouver Tennis Centre - indoor tennis
  • Parkgate Community Centre - fitness, sports, arts, pottery and more
  • Ron Andrews Community Recreation Centre - swimming, fitness, sports, arts and more

For more detailed information about each rec centre, including addresses, programs and opening times, please visit NVRC’s website.

Outdoor Recreation & Culture Opportunities

The City of North Vancouver also has many outdoor recreation and culture amenities and public spaces that community members can access to stay active and creative. The City is home to a diverse range of parks, trails, public spaces and amenities. From wilderness parks and trails, to all-weather sports fields, to spray parks, an ice rink and picnic facilities, the City has something for everyone.

 

Project Background

For the past several years, the City has engaged with stakeholders and the public regarding the direction and scope of the HJCRC program.

Timeline of recent Council direction:

  • April 12, 2021 – Council approves a new design for Harry Jerome.
  • January 2021 - City announced it will align the delivery of the new facility with the development of the surrounding Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands to mitigate financial risk.
  • March 2020 - Council directed staff to redesign Harry Jerome based on the prioritization process of the City’s Community Recreation Strategy. 
  • February 2020 - The Community Recreation Strategy – “A Healthy City for All – The Role of Community Recreation” was endorsed by Council at the February 24 meeting. 
  • May 2019 - The deferred report was received and filed at the May 13 Council meeting. Staff were directed to undertake a Community Recreation Strategy, inclusive of HJCRC and associated projects.
  • March 2019 - A report outlining potential cost reductions and risk mitigation measures was brought forward for Council’s consideration. The report was deferred at the March 4, 2019 Council meeting.
  • November 2018 - Council requested that staff consider additional risk mitigation and cost containing strategies for the HJCRC project.
  • July 2018 - Council directed staff to proceed with detailed design and refined costing of the HJCRC facility and program. 

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017 & Earlier

Project Background Timeline

For the past several years, the City has engaged with stakeholders and the public regarding the direction and scope of the HJCRC program.

Timeline of recent Council direction:

  • April 12, 2021 – Council approves a new design for Harry Jerome.
  • January 2021 - City announced it will align the delivery of the new facility with the development of the surrounding Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands to mitigate financial risk.
  • March 2020 - Council directed staff to redesign Harry Jerome based on the prioritization process of the City’s Community Recreation Strategy. 
  • February 2020 - The Community Recreation Strategy – “A Healthy City for All – The Role of Community Recreation” was endorsed by Council at the February 24 meeting. 
  • May 2019 - The deferred report was received and filed at the May 13 Council meeting. Staff were directed to undertake a Community Recreation Strategy, inclusive of HJCRC and associated projects.
  • March 2019 - A report outlining potential cost reductions and risk mitigation measures was brought forward for Council’s consideration. The report was deferred at the March 4, 2019 Council meeting.
  • November 2018 - Council requested that staff consider additional risk mitigation and cost containing strategies for the HJCRC project.
  • July 2018 - Council directed staff to proceed with detailed design and refined costing of the HJCRC facility and program. 

Background Documents

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2020

2019

2018

2017 & Earlier

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