Harry Jerome Project Background & Past Studies

In 2013, Council approved a 1% tax rate increase to be set aside for the Harry Jerome Community Centre project. This provided $400,000 in annual funding for this purpose. Council approved similar increases in 2014, 2015 and 2016, bringing the annual amount set aside for the Harry Jerome Community Centre to $1.6 million annually (therefore, each year an additional $1.6 million is added). This funding is held in the Civic Amenity Reserve for the project.

The funding for this project has recently been approved by Council for inclusion in the 2017-2026 Project Plan which indicates support for proceeding with the project in the first five years of the plan.

Harry Jerome Public Consultation: April 2014

On February 4, 2013 Council considered a report of the Deputy City Manager regarding the revitalization of the Harry Jerome Community Centre. Council resolved to defer a decision on Harry Jerome revitalization to January 1, 2014. In the interim staff will continue to work with various stakeholder groups, and will include the potential redevelopment of the public lands in the Harry Jerome precinct to the City's Official Community Plan revision process (CityShaping).

Staff responded to Council's direction to have a 'shovel ready project by the time William Griffin re-opens in late 2016. Read the Council report here.

Harry Jerome Public Consultation: November 2012

On October 11, 2012 City Council directed staff to consult with the public on options for the renewal of the Harry Jerome Community Centre and adjacent public lands. The public consultation included a public opinion survey, an Open House display at Harry Jerome, staff presentations, and a Town Hall Meeting.

Three options for the siting of Community Recreation Centre at Harry Jerome were presented in the public consultation. All of the options under consideration provide for the inclusion of the following elements already endorsed by City Council:

Program Square Feet
Fitness 8,000
Two Gyms 16,000
Arts and Crafts 2,500
Youth Space 1,500
Dance/Martial Arts 2,000
Pre-School space 2,000
Multipurpose space 8,000
Senior Centre 11,000
Pool Complex 25 Metres, 10 lanes plus leisure tank
Single Sheet Ice Arena Refurbish and retain existing sheet

The options also provide for the following spaces, which have not yet been endorsed by Council:

  • Multipurpose Space: 3,000 square feet of additional shared space to meet the multipurpose needs of Silver Harbour Centre, which is to be included in the new facility.
  • Dedicated Gymnastics Space: To facilitate the retention of the Flicka Gymnastics Club somewhere in the Harry Jerome precinct.
  • Pool Complex with a 50 metre pool: Inclusion of a 50 metre pool in the aquatics facility is dependent on stakeholder groups accessing additional funds from non-City sources.

Two development scenarios for each of the three facility options were presented to the public as possible revenue generators to contribute to the overall cost of the project. Construction costs were considerably varied depending on the inclusion of refurbished and/or new elements.

You can review the three options under consideration by clicking here.

Harry Jerome Planning Study

The Harry Jerome Community Centre has served City residents well for many years. The complex consists primarily of the Harry Jerome (1966), Memorial (1949) & Mickey McDougall (1966) Recreation Centres. However, there are a number of other facilities and uses that occur on City-owned lands that make up the complex (see map below).

Current Harry Jerome Recreation Complex


Due to the age of the buildings that make up the complex maintenance costs have been increasing, and the facilities are less able to meet the changing needs of the community. As such, in 2009 the City initiated a planning study for the revitalization of the complex. The starting point for the Harry Jerome investigations was a separate study commissioned by the North Vancouver Recreation Commission that looked at indoor recreation facility needs for the City and District of North Vancouver. That study resulted in a number of system-wide recommendations that were ultimately endorsed by the Commission and by City Council.

The study included an assessment of the condition of the existing buildings, construction cost estimates, consideration of other land uses, and sustainability considerations. Based upon some initial findings, City Council narrowed the range of redevelopment options, and has determined that an ice arena should be retained at Harry Jerome, and that a studio theatre/rehearsal hall will not be built at this location.

Planning Study Revitalized

On September 11th, 2012 a Council Workshop was held on the Harry Jerome Planning Study. The purpose of the Workshop was to revitalize the Planning Study, to review with Council staff work to date, and to propose the preferred next steps. The Council Workshop was in keeping with a report considered in October of 2011, that also provided some information on the current status of the Planning Study.

A Council Workshop took place on September 11, 2012.

On October 1st, 2012 Council considered a follow-up report regarding the Workshop held on September 11th. At that time Council determined which options it wanted input on in the Public Consultation process that was recently completed.

Current Amenities

  • Circuit weight room
  • Classic weight room
  • Concession
  • Cross-training weight room
  • Home of Flicka Gymnastics Club
  • Ice arena
  • Multi-purpose program rooms
  • Pool (25 metres)
  • Rehab weight room
  • Sauna, whirlpool and steam room
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