Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre Information
Current Overall Design and Direction
On June 26 and July 17, 2017 Council endorsed a plan for a new Harry Jerome Community Centre on the north side of 23rd Street, which includes a 50 m pool, curling facility, arena, senior’s facility (Silver Harbour), youth centre, two gyms, multi-purpose space, child care and tennis courts. This plan requires:
- the successful rezoning of the lands to the South of 23rd Street and available financial capacity to fund the construction; and
- the successful negotiation of a cost sharing agreement with the District of North Vancouver for the operating costs of the expanded programming.
Further planning for the new centre is underway in parallel with the rezoning, financing and operating cost negotiations. Feasibility studies for the relocation of gymnastics and lawn bowling are also in process.
The development process for the South of 23rd Street lands is also proceeding. Darwin Construction has been selected as the development partner for this component.
Nov. 26, 2018 - City of North Vancouver, Council Meeting - OVERALL PLANNING CONTINUES WITH ADDED FOCUS ON COSTS
The newly elected Council put forth a motion to direct staff to implement risk mitigation and cost containing approaches. Divided into 5 parts, each was passed. This involves further work by Cityadministration regarding scope, costs and risk mitigation measures. The planning for the overall recreation centre continues in parallel. There is no date announced yet for information to come back to Council.
Previous Council Meetings re Curling Facility
July 23, 2018 - City of North Vancouver, Council Meeting - DETAILED PLANNING TO PROCEED
(Summary of the minutes: Item #16)
Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre – A motion was passed giving project approval for staff to proceed with detailed design, tendering and construction; and the operating cost estimates to be used in future budget processes; and that prior to tendering large contracts and milestone points, staff report back to Council.
(Summary of the minutes: Item #17)
Harry Jerome Financing Structure and Risk – A motion was passed to continue with the design, tendering and construction; and negotiation of a land lease agreement for the HJ Neighbourhood Lands with Darwin Properties. Further financing details were included regarding bridge financing, risk mitigation and funds appropriations.
July 17, 2017 - City of North Vancouver, Council Meeting - COUNCIL SEPARATES FUNDING SO DESIGN PHASE PROCEEDS
On July 17, 2017, Council provided further direction to enable planning for the new centre to proceed. Over the next year, the project team will focus on architectural programming, schematic design and site planning, as well as initiate parking and transportation studies, environmental site reviews, and a more detailed costing analysis. This work will be carried out concurrently with the proposed rezoning process of the lands to the south of 23rd Street. As presented in the June 2017 staff report, these concurrent processes will converge in June 2018 when both the financial capacity of the land development and a more refined cost of the new recreation centre are known. A further decision as to the direction for a new Harry Jerome Centre will be known at that time.
June 26, 2017 - City of North Vancouver, Council Meeting - CURLING IS INCLUDED IN SCHEMATIC DESIGN STEP BUT DESIGN STEP IS SUBJECT TO FUNDING AGREEMENTS
(Summary of the minutes Item #10)
Harry Jerome Community Centre – Site and Program Approval – A motion was passed to direct staff to proceed with the schematic design for the option E – Comprehensive Community Centre program, plus curling facility and 50 metre pool subject to the successful rezoning applications or other measures necessary to fund these facilities. A further clause was added requiring the agreement of the District of North Vancouver to agree to Cost Sharing for any expanded programming. Further directions were included regarding funding and other items.
May 15, 2017 - City of North Vancouver, NSCA Presentation to Council - MAJOR PRESENTATION TO GET CURLING ACCEPTED!
The NSCA Board put together and presented a detailed business case for curling to be included in the new Harry Jerome Recreation Centre. The presentation was well received by Council and agreement was obtained to include curling in the next phase of the project.