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City of Richmond wins awards of excellence for innovative new play area and community centre

24 May 2017

Terra Nova 2017Two of Richmond’s most popular new civic amenities, the City Centre Community Centre and the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment, have received awards of excellence from a pair of parks and recreation peer groups.

“The City of Richmond has a strong commitment to innovation, excellence and sustainability when designing and creating new civic facilities and amenities,” says Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Both these new amenities have provided great benefit to our community and are hugely popular with users. We are honoured to see our commitment to excellence recognized by our peers through these two awards.”

The Terra Nova Adventure Play Area has won the 2017 Parks Excellence Award from the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA). Located in Terra Nova Rural Park and opened in 2014, the Adventure Play Environment connects families to nature and offers adventuresome play with broad appeal for children of all ages. The design was inspired by an in-depth community engagement process, the site’s history and its significant natural features. It features a unique landscape that encourages adventurous nature play. Incorporating a super-fast slide, two zip lines, a 10 metre tall treehouse and more,  it sits within 25 hectares of remnant agricultural fields and hedgerows, habitat for resident and migratory wildlife, heritage buildings, walking trails, a nature preschool, an urban farm and community gardens.

The BC Recreation and Parks Association Provincial Awards recognize outstanding programs, innovative facilities and dedicated professionals who remind us daily of the work that is being done in the recreation, parks and culture services sector.

Richmond has also received the 2017 Bill Woycik Outstanding Facility Award for the City Centre Community Centre by the Recreation Facilities Association of BC (RFABC).  Opened in 2015, the City Centre Community Centre is a vibrant two-storey facility located within a mixed-use development in Richmond rapidly growing and evolving urban heart. The LEED Gold community centre offers modern, multi-purpose spaces for a range of community recreation programs and services tailored to residents of all ages and the special needs of a highly urban and diverse neighbourhood. The Centre is jointly operated by the City of Richmond and the City Centre Community Association.

The Bill Woycik Outstanding Facility Award honours W.E. “Bill” Woycik, a Past President of the RFABC. Each year, the award goes to one outstanding new or newly renovated recreation, sport or leisure facility in British Columbia that exemplifies innovations in design, energy management, operations, revenue generation, and services.