New Griffin Center Open House

Come to the open house
Wednesday,June 6, 2012, 4-8pm
DelbrookCommunity Recreation Centre, Oak Room
600 West Queens Road

The Rec Commission will be presenting their draft plans for the new Griffin Cente at an open house on June 6th.  You should come and give your feedback on the spaces and programs that they are planning to offer in the new facility.  The Recreation Commission will use this feedback to fine tune the programs prior to a recommendation to the district council.

As it stands, the recommended spaces to be incorporated within the new community recreation centre include:

  • Fitness
  • Multi-purpose spaces
  • Community spaces
  • Gymnasium
  • Youth & Seniors
  • Commercial Services
  • Swimming pool
  • Dance & Martial Arts
  • NVRC Administration
  • Racquet Courts
  • Pre-school Program
  • Arts & Crafts spaces

For more information on backgroundmaterials and resources, please refer to www.northvanrec.com 604-987-Play (7529)

For more information on the Community Open House contact Joyce Parkin, 604-983-6546 or parkinj@northvanrec.com

North Van School District Passes Balmoral Renovation Budget

This evening, the North Vancouver District School Board passed a motion to fund the renovations for the Community Learning Program at Balmoral. The total amount, including the amount already sunk on consulting is 2.5 million. From previous meetings, we know that this is expected to come from an existing fund that is essentially under-spending from previous projects, pending provincial approval, of course.

There was a lone dissenter, Susan Skinner once again spoke passionately in favor of building a special facility for these kids with special needs. What is the rush? Why are we moving them from one closed old facility to another? Why do Carson Graham students get a brand new school when the kids with most needs have to make do?

Even the furniture and fixtures will be repurposed from surplus. They expect to get some furniture from the old board office because I guess it will not be used in the new Board office building.

The architect, Patrick May made a presentation, which was startlingly similar to the designs shown in January. They are still planning to place the wrap-around services in new offices to be built where the cafeteria is today. There is still a new secondary entrance between the new multi-purpose room and these offices to enable community use of the gym.

The parking map claims 66 spaces. About forty of these will be in the front lot. The balance are around the back. Indeed the main secondary lot is 3/4 of the way around the building.

There is no covered bike parking as recommended by the Community Advisory Working Group, although Ian Abercrombie was receptive to adding a rail along the wall.

On the positive side, some of the seismic upgrade that is required will be achieved through cosmetic changes by removing some bricks that could shake onto your head.

Mr Abercrombie didn’t speak to the project plan at this meeting. However, in previous meetings, he indicated that the asbestos remediation would occur over the summer, with construction continuing on through early 2014.

Upcoming Annual General Meeting

To get involved, email delbrookca@gmail.com

Well that was fast. Back in February, when the Delbrook Community Association reformed thanks to Judy Sankey, Keith Collyer and others’ efforts, we decided that the directors should stand for only three months before a second AGM was held. This time there should be more notice to enable more of our neighbours to attend.

Suddenly three months are well-past, and we must set up this second AGM. The date and details are being confirmed, but we’re hoping to secure space for May 30th. At this time we are seeking anyone who is interested in sitting on the executive of the CA. Do you

  • Recognize that the decisions made by the District, the School Board and the Rec Commission have a far greater impact on your life than any other level of government.
  • Want to maintain or improve your quality of life here in Delbrook
  • Like to understand what is going on around the neighbourhood
  • Have some energy, connections, abilities, interests that might be helpful

If any of these applies to you, then the Delbrook Community Association needs you! So please email delbrookca@gmail.com and let us know that you’re interested.

Show your Support for the District’s New Bylaw

Come to the District Council Meeting

7:00 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2012
Council Chamber, Municipal Hall, 355 West Queens Road, North Vancouver

Contact the Council or the Mayor

Contact Details

The agenda for next week’s District Council meeting has just come out and carries with it a resolution that would result in a new bylaw. This bylaw would ensure that any change in use of school lands that may increase traffic in the neighbouring streets must mitigate the traffic and parking impacts, and that they must engage the public appropriately on any change in permitted use.

This resolution, if passed, would make it more difficult for the school board to sneak in programs that negatively impact the neighbouring community, such as the adult education program that was proposed for Balmoral. While there are some aspects of the resolution that want clarifying, such a bylaw would be a positive change for our neighbourhood. Please support it by either coming to the district meeting (where there is an opportunity to address council) or contacting council directly.

While you’re putting things in your calendar, you should also note the next School District meeting is on May 22nd at Sutherland Secondary School. We’ll publish more once we see the agenda.