Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (new)

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

The current Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (HJCRC) was constructed in 1966, and although it has served the community well, a replacement is needed. The development of a new state-of-the-art facility will deliver exceptional experiences, programs and services to all community members.

As a Harry Jerome rec user, what amenities can I look forward to?

The new Harry Jerome facility will be consolidated into one location and offer a variety of amenities meant to strengthen and foster community connection and wellbeing. Features of the new facility include:

  • Community atrium and gathering area
  • Arena with an NHL-size ice rink and seating for up to 500
  • Enhanced aquatics centre with large leisure pool
  • Multipurpose spaces
  • Fitness area
  • Preschool and early years spaces
  • Full sized gymnasium 
  • Youth and arts spaces 
  • Outdoor area with a new skate park, play areas, and a multisport court

What changes can I expect as a Harry Jerome Rec user?

The new HJCRC is set to begin construction in mid-2022, completing in 2025. During construction of the new facility, the current HJCRC facility will temporarily close. As a result, HJCRC programs and services will be temporarily impacted. Other facilities and arenas will accommodate these services where possible during construction. The new HJCRC is the largest investment in community recreation the City has ever delivered. To mitigate financial risk associated with this large project, the City will be leasing and developing the existing HJCRC lands. It was determined by Council that by closing the current facility during construction, the City can avoid significant debt and have a higher capacity to respond to other infrastructure requirements.

Design Renderings of New HJCRC

 



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 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

 

HJCRC Floor Plans

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 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. 

Project Documents

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017 & Earlier

 

HJCRC Floor Plans




Contact Info

Email: harryjeromeproject@cnv.org


Thank you to all community members who provide comments and feedback. We appreciate hearing from you.

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