MapleRidgeRenovation work to start late in August of 2017 with the grand reopening in September of 2018

The Maple Ridge Leisure Centre opened in 1980 when the population of Maple Ridge was just over 30,000 citizens. It was the first integrated recreation facility of its type in Western Canada and boasted state-of-the-art amenities and mechanical systems. In 37 years the facility has served the community well. The population has more than doubled to 82,256 citizens according to the 2016 Census. At the February 28, 2017 Council meeting Council endorsed a project that will see the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre undergo a retrofit that will rejuvenate the aquatic facilities to serve the community long into the future.

The project is driven by the need to update the mechanical systems that are at the heart of the Leisure Centre. The water filtration and pool mechanical systems date back to the original construction and have not been upgraded; new technology will be more efficient and will ensure that the facility continues to offer a great user experience. Since the mechanical system work requires cutting into the pool decks, the City is taking the opportunity to upgrade the leisure pool and hot tub to bring them up to modern standards of accessibility and incorporate new elements to improve the user experience for citizens of all ages.

The leisure pool and hot tub will be made more accessible by incorporating level entry or “beach access” that allows youngsters, people using mobility devices and seniors to access the pool without stairs or ladders. The upgrades will include restoration of the popular waterfall feature, new spray elements for youth, new water therapy facilities and an expanded hot tub area. The overall design seeks to eliminate the levels and staircases that are impediments to accessibility.

This project also takes advantage of the opportunity to reconfigure the change rooms and reception area to improve accessibility, comfort and safety for all users.

“The project timeline calls for the renovation work to start late in August of 2017 with the grand reopening in September of 2018,” said Wendy McCormick, Director of Recreation & Community Services for the City of Maple Ridge. “We looked at a number of scenarios to keep parts of the aquatic facility open during the retrofit, but in the end the 13 month closure offers the most efficient timeline and will get us back in operation faster and for less money. The Greg Moore Youth Centre, exercise areas, gym and other non-aquatic areas of the facility will all remain open during the renovations.”

“Council is in the middle of an extensive community facilities consultation relating to new parks, recreation and culture amenities so we are a number of months away from evaluating the community feedback and developing a long term plan. Even if Council decides to move forward with a new facility with an aquatic component it would take four to five years to go through the detailed design, public approval, tender and construction processes. When you look at the estimated costs of new facilities it’s clear that investing between six and eight million dollars to upgrade our current facility is a solid business decision,” said Mayor Nicole Read. “We all recognize that a closure of this magnitude will have a significant impact on our community, in particular our user groups. The decision has not come without thoughtful consideration of the impact of a 13 month closure. Our staff will be working on a plan to deal with the impact on users and our staff in the aquatics area as we move forward with this work.”

For more information on the Leisure Centre aquatics area upgrade please contact Wendy McCormick, Director of Recreation & Community Services, by email at wmcormick@mapleridge.ca or by phone at 604-467-7328. 

Win Your Wish 2017

Win Your Wish 2017

Shop at any of the downtown Maple Ridge BIA businesses and you could win one of FIVE fabulous prizes up for grabs!
The contest runs from Nov 25 until midnight Dec 31, 2017

Next Steps for Foundry Ridge Meadows (Maple Ridge Youth Wellness Centre)

Next Steps for Foundry Ridge Meadows (Maple Ridge Youth Wellness Centre)

On Tuesday, December 5 Maple Ridge Council reviewed a concept plan for a possible addition to the Greg Moore Youth Centre to create a permanent home for the newly announced Foundry Ridge Meadows, a partnership between Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services and Foundry.

Maple Ridge to Name Street in Honour of Home Town Hero Jim Robson

Maple Ridge to Name Street in Honour of Home Town Hero Jim Robson

On Tuesday, December 5 Maple Ridge Council will begin the formal process to rename the section of 105 Avenue from Lougheed Highway to the traffic circle at Tamarack Lane to ‘Jim Robson Way.’

Council Approves Sunday Openings for Maple Ridge Public Library in 2018

Council has decided to have the Maple Ridge Public Library open on Sundays through the summer, starting in 2018. It has been past practice for the Library to be closed on Sundays outside of the school year (late July to after the Labour Day weekend).

Did You Know... Downtown Maple Ridge has Gift Certificates?

Did You Know...  Downtown Maple Ridge has Gift Certificates?

One card, 700 businesses to chose from!
The perfect gift for the local shopper on your list. Available in denominations of $25.00*, the certificates are available for purchase at the Downtown Maple Ridge BIA office, Monday - Friday, 10am-5pm.

Downtown Maple Ridge businesses are keeping you dry!

Downtown Maple Ridge businesses are keeping you dry!

Shoppers in Rainy Haney will have the option to grab a FREE bright orange umbrella from participating businesses, use it while it's raining, and return it at their own convenience. Thanks to the sponsorship of several local businesses, the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association is able to provide 200 of these colorful umbrellas to the community this year.

Geocaching in Downtown Maple Ridge!

Geocaching in Downtown Maple Ridge!

Geocaching is a perfect, free, fun family activity and a great way to get outside and explore Downtown Maple Ridge.

Maple Ridge Shopping Bags

Maple Ridge Shopping Bags

Downtown Maple Ridge Shopping Bags are here! Beautiful, colourful, reusable bags, with iconic Maple Ridge graphics.
Available in many downtown Maple Ridge retail stores.
Only $1 each, made from recycled materials. Get one while they last!

Business Watch

Business Watch

The Business Watch program in Maple Ridge has been up and running for one year. The RCMP and BIA have spoken to approx. 150 businesses in the target area. Just to remind everyone the target area is located between 222nd to 224th Street, from Dewdney Trunk Rd to Lougheed Hwy.

Useful tips on how 9-1-1 works in relation to the police

Security

Security

Any BIA member that would like to use Westridge Security Service in emergencies (at a reduced BIA rate) and have not set up alarm response for their business yet, can do so by filling out the form and returning it to Westridge Security. This is an " Alarm Response Signup sheet" (pdf) with Westridge Security, for DMRBIA members. 
" Alarm Response Signup sheet" (MS Word format)