Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre

For the past several years, the scope for replacement of HJCRC and associated projects has been reviewed with much input from the public and stakeholders. An overview of Council direction related to the project scope and delivery is outlined below:

  • July 2018 - Council directed staff to proceed with detailed design and refined costing of the HJCRC facility and program.
  • November 2018 - Council requested that staff consider additional risk mitigation and cost containing strategies for the HJCRC project.
  • 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.
  • May 2019 - The deferred report was received and filed at the May 13, 2019 Council meeting. Staff were directed to undertake a Community Recreation Strategy, inclusive of HJCRC and associated projects.  

The Community Recreation Strategy – “A Healthy City for All – The Role of Community Recreation” is now complete, endorsed by Council on February 24, 2020. The Community Recreation Strategy endorsed represents the first phase - future work will consider the provision of arts and cultural amenities and their benefits to community health and wellness.


As of March 9, 2020

Following Council’s endorsement of the Community Recreation Strategy, a prioritization process for each component of HJCRC was undertaken and on March 9, 2020 Council endorsed the following program for the redesign of HJCRC:

Community Recreation Centre Program

  • Two gymnasiums
  • Fitness Space
  • Multi-Purpose Rooms
  • Art Spaces
  • Youth Area
  • Preschool Space
  • Community Living Room

Aquatic Program

  • Leisure Pool
  • 26.5m 10-lane Pool
  • Diving 1m & 3m
  • Hot Pool & Amenities

Arena Program

  • Ice with spectator seating

Outdoor Program

  • At-grade Multi Activity Court
  • Skatepark

Associated Project

  • Silver Harbour Seniors Activity Centre

Redesign based on this confirmed program scope is now underway. The public and stakeholder input gathered since April 2017 will be incorporated into the redesign period. This input was gathered through an in-depth public engagement process which included four public input sessions, a survey, review of individual correspondence, as well as multiple meetings with several stakeholder groups to understand their aspirations for the new centre.

We look forward to keeping you updated as we refine the design to reflect the revised program.

Since previous Council direction in July 23, 2018, staff and consultants have continued with detailed design and refined costing of the HJCRC facility and program. In November 2018, Council requested that staff consider additional risk mitigation and cost containing strategies. A report was generated for Council’s consideration at the March 4, 2019 Council meeting, which included several cost reduction and risk mitigation measures.

Subsequent to that, on April 9, 2019, Council passed a resolution directing staff to develop a community recreation strategy. As a result, a broader review of recreational space, both indoor and outdoor, across the City of North Vancouver will be undertaken. The community recreation strategy will identify opportunities for a more holistic and efficient use of all recreational space across the City of North Vancouver – including the Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre Project. In addition to developing a community recreation strategy, staff will create guidelines for community amenity space use to ensure optimal utilization of all City-owned spaces and identify opportunities for multi-use facilities.

The Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre project was budgeted at approximately $200 million and presented significant financial risk for taxpayers. The project’s final scope and cost also highlighted the need for more holistic planning to ensure all community amenities and facilities are being used efficiently and to their maximum potential. 

We understand the decision to incorporate the HJCRC project as part of upcoming community recreation strategy may generate questions. Since April 2017, city staff have sought public input through an in-depth public engagement process, including four public input sessions, a survey, review of individual correspondence, as well as multiple meeting with several stakeholder groups to understand their aspirations for the new centre. Moving forward, the City of North Vancouver is committed to continuing these important conversations with the public and stakeholders and incorporating all prior consultation work into the upcoming review. 

We look forward to keeping you updated throughout this process.

Review Council agenda for Monday, May 13th.
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