Delbrook Rec Centre open: fitness centre and classes, pool on 24 June

The North Van Recreation Commission has sent out a package of information on the new Delbrook Rec Centre.

Fitness classes and the fitness centre are open and the pool opens on June 24.

On June 24th the Centre will also host an opening celebration with “a free public swim, music, entertainment, arts activities, recreation, ‘try it’ demos (Zumba, Tae Kwon Do, Pickleball and more!) and the official opening ceremony.”

You can find more information about the event here:

http://secure.campaigner.com/csb/Public/show/glujl–cf0ay-4iv1epl9

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NV District affordable housing debate continues – options for single family neighbourhoods welcomed

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Metro Conversations, a group co-founded by District of North Vancouver Coun. Mathew Bond, held a workshop May 16th to discuss housing options, particularly in suburban areas. Happily, the North Shore News reported extensively on the event titled  “The Sacred Single Family Home: What are we trying to protect and why?”

Rather than an attack on “single family homes” the participants called for greater openness to other options for slightly higher density, ground level properties.

The North Shore News report:

Cameron Maltby, a designer who specializes in those types of homes, said one of the greatest hurdles for property owners to clear isn’t so much the community worried about the character of their neighbourhood but, rather, getting bureaucrats to get over the “stigma” that comes for anything but single-family homes. Maltby lives in a duplex he designed on 23rd Street, near Lonsdale, to accommodate his family as well as his parents and one rental unit.

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Architect and developer Michael Geller said:

Most builders will build that single-family house and sell it for $3.5 million rather than go through the aggravation and heartache to build something that’s more creative and perhaps much more needed,

He called for such projects to be fast tracked.

Following the meeting Coun. Bond said, the district’s OCP’s “hard lines” concentrating density in town centres may also have the unintended consequence of putting residents’ older, more affordable purpose-built rental buildings at risk of demoviction.

“If people are worried about those things and what we’re doing right now isn’t solving them, then we need to look at different solutions. That’s what this conversation is about,” he said.

There is much more interesting material n the article that can be found here:

http://www.nsnews.com/news/sacred-single-family-homes-questioned-1.20043552

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Thanks to everyone for the success of the gigantic garage sale – see you next year!

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Big thanks to everyone involved, buyers and sellers, in the first annual gigantic, multi community, Delbrook/Norwood Queens/Evergreen garage sale!

Special thanks to the community associations involved and especially to Jane Chersak, Barb McKinley and Sharlene Hertz.

So save the dates for next year, May 5 and 6, and let’s make it even bigger. Think of the tons of material we just kept out of the landfill and put in the hands to people who can use it.

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