MapleRidgeOn 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.’

“This is a project that we have had in the works since 2016, and the opportunity to do the dedication ceremony with BC broadcasting legend Jim Robson as part of the celebration of the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association’s 50th anniversary celebration on January 27, 2018 seems like the perfect fit,” said Mayor Nicole Read. “We are so proud to be able to formally announce this tribute. Jim Robson is an incredible ambassador for our community and was one of the first Maple Ridge citizens inducted as part of the ‘Home Town Hero’ program. Beyond that, he was the voice of hockey for British Columbia and every broadcaster working today cites Mr. Robson as a role model. Planet Ice is the home of hockey in Maple Ridge and it seems fitting that the way to our arenas will soon be known as Jim Robson Way.”

“I’m humbled by this news,” said Jim Robson. “I have such fond memories of growing up in this community. I was concerned that they were naming a street after me when there were so many incredible athletes that have come from Maple Ridge that surely I shouldn’t be a priority. I was reminded that the City has the Greg Moore Youth Centre, Cam Neely Arena at Planet Ice, Larry Walker Park in Hammond and has recently dedicated the Karina LeBlanc Field at Merkely Park. My wife told me to shut up and say thank you, so that’s what I’m doing.”

He added, “I’m thrilled that this will be part of the 50th anniversary of the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association. I remember when the Centennial Arena was built 50 years ago and I am proud of the Association that has produced eight NHL players and of the fact that the Stanley Cup has come to Maple Ridge three times, twice with Andrew Ladd and once with Cam Neely as President of the Boston Bruins. Maple Ridge should be very proud of its hockey history.”

“We are thrilled that the street naming ceremony for Jim Robson Way will be part of the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, January 27, 2018. After the dedication ceremony event Mr. Robson has agreed to be part of the on-ice celebration and puck drop at the beginning of the Ridge Meadows Flames game that will cap off a full day of games and activities. We want to pack the house to celebrate our 50th anniversary and BC broadcasting legend Jim Robson,” said Derek Gullmes, Vice President of the RMMHA. “We will announce the full day’s events and schedules right after Christmas. It will be a very special day.”

For more information about the Jim Robson Way Street naming please contact Frank Quinn, General Manager: Public Works & Development Services by email at fquinn@mapleridge.ca or by phone at 604-467-7359.

Win Your Wish 2018

Win Your Wish 2018

Shop at any of the downtown Maple Ridge BIA businesses and you could win one of SIX fabulous prizes up for grabs!
The contest runs from Nov 23 until midnight Dec 31, 2018
More information at WinYourWish.ca  

Council Tours Leisure Centre & Receives Construction Timing Update

Council Tours Leisure Centre & Receives Construction Timing Update

On Monday, November 26, Mayor Morden and members of Council were given a tour through the Leisure Centre construction site to get a first hand look at the progress to date and receive a full briefing on the project timing from Michael Millward, Facilities Operation Manager for the City of Maple Ridge.

Downtown Enhancement Project

Downtown Enhancement Project

Lougheed Highway: 224 St. to 226 St.
Construction Update #14

Council Approves Development Permit for Transformational Downtown Development

Council Approves Development Permit for Transformational Downtown Development

On Sep 25, 2018 Council approved the development permit for Phase One of a seven stage development that will see the transformation of the property between Dewdney Trunk Rd. and Brown Ave. between Plaza St. and 224 St. to a mixed commercial and residential development.

Downtown Maple Ridge old street banners get a second life as reusable shopping bags!

Downtown Maple Ridge old street banners  get a second life as reusable shopping bags!

Eventually each downtown Maple Ridge street banner must be retired, so rather than sending them to the landfill we've come up with a very green idea — with the help of the Ridge Meadows Association of Community Living we transformed them into reusable shopping bags!

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!

Downtown Maple Ridge Clean Team

Downtown Maple Ridge Clean Team

This amazing new program got off to a slow start early 2017 due to massive snow storms and extreme cold weather. Once the weather calmed down, Alouette Addictions engaged two Clean Team staff members, who have been doing an excellent job throughout the year.

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.

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)