Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (new)

The current Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre (HJCRC) was constructed in 1966 and has a variety of amenities, including fitness rooms, ice arena, 25 metre pool, sauna, whirlpool, and steam room. Though it has served the community well, the facility has reached end of life and replacement is needed.

The new HJCRC will be designed to the highest accessibility standards and will be a people-oriented community gathering place. The new HJCRC will include: 

  • Community atrium and gathering area
  • Arena with an NHL-size ice rink and seating for up to 500
  • Enhanced aquatics centre
  • 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

With a temporary closure during construction, what changes can I expect as a Harry Jerome Rec user?

During construction of the new facility, HJCRC programs and services will be temporarily impacted. North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission staff are preparing a plan that will relocate programming as possible to other facilities. Other aquatics and arena facilities will experience increased use to accommodate these programs where possible. The adjustments will be similar to those required during the closure and construction of the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre.

Why is the existing centre closing during construction rather than staying open?

The new HJCRC is the largest investment in community recreation the City has ever delivered. A project such as this one is expensive and requires the City to plan strategically. In the fall of 2018, Council directed staff to investigate ways to reduce the financial risks associated with the project so that the project could proceed confidently and in a timely manner. Staff made several recommendations to Council that would enable this facility to move forward with minimal risk.

Closing the facility, as well as leasing and developing the existing HJCRC lands allows the City to have cash in hand during construction. Being able to pay for the centre upfront mitigates much of the financial risk. Without closing during construction the City would have had to take on significant debt, which would have limited capacity to respond to other infrastructure requirements.  Council determined this was an unacceptable level of risk for the organization and the community.

Design Renderings of New HJCRC

 



 

Project Background

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:

  • 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

Project Background & Documents

 

Project Background

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:

  • 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

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