The new Minoru Centre for Active Living in Richmond, B.C. is set to open to the public on March 11 with an official grand opening to be held in early April.
Designed by HCMA Architecture + Design, the new state-of-the-art, 110,000 square foot facility houses an aquatic centre, seniors centre, fitness centre and amenities to support Minoru Park’s outdoor sports facilities. Stuart Olson was the general contractor.
The aquatic centre includes two 25-metre pools (one 8-lane tank and one 6-lane tank) with accessible features and varying depths and temperatures, allowing for greater usability and flexibility in programming; a large leisure pool with features including a large river run, spray elements and play features; a wellness area with two hot pools, a cold plunge pool, steam room and saunas; and a large change room area featuring a mix of gender-specific and universal change areas.
With six bodies of water, including Canada’s largest hot tub, the aquatics centre in the new facility provides 60 per cent more surface water area than the current Minoru Aquatic Centre.
“This spectacular facility will provide a major expansion of seniors services, aquatics and other sport and recreation services for our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “With its outstanding array of services, iconic design and prominent location in the heart of Richmond, the Minoru Centre for Active Living will quickly become one of the jewels of our community.”
The $79 million facility also includes a 8,500 square foot fitness centre, sport programming and support space, full service cafeteria and bistro, commercial kitchen, three new outdoor public plazas and two public art installations.