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NV Recreation Commission holds workshop on arts and culture grants

Are you or your organization interested in Arts and Culture in North Vancouver? This is short notice but on Friday the Recreation C omission is holding a workshop on grants for arts and culture in the Lynn Valley Community Room of the Lynn Valley library. The following notice provides more details.

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North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission

Arts & Culture Grants Workshop

Friday September 9, 2016

Lynn Valley Community Room

––  1:00 pm  ––

“New Grants Policy to be Implemented in 2017”

In 2015 North Vancouver Recreation & Culture completed a system-wide review of all arts and culture grants.  In November of that year, Councils for the City and District of North Vancouver adopted the new policy in time for a soft launch/phased implementation starting in the 2016 grant year.  Now, as we look forward to the 2017 grant year, all the key policy and program changes are ready to be implemented.  This free information workshop provides an overview of the program changes and new funding opportunities in 2017.

Specifically, the workshop will cover:

·Operating Assistance

·Programming & Project Assistance

·Celebrations & Events Grants

·Community Public Art Grants

·policy goals + purpose of grants programs

·funding rationale

·eligibility and evaluation criteria

·multi-year funding

·phased grant intakes

·application procedures

·reporting requirements

Who Should Come?

Everyone is welcome – no registration is required!  However, the workshop will be most relevant to (representatives of):

·non-profit arts organizations

·arts groups and arts service organizations that support professional arts practices and that occupy a leadership position within the local arts community

·community art groups and collectives

·community-based arts groups that directly engage the creative participation of local residents through a variety of programs and activities

·emerging arts groups or coalitions that offer something new, different or unique

·arts groups from diverse communities, and groups that explore the intersection of cultural traditions and new arts practices

·community groups that put on an event or a festival

·other recognized community groups that may be eligible for grant support to plan, run, or promote that event, activity or project

Web Resources

More information about the Arts & Culture Grants, including a link to the Program Guidelines, is available on the website at


William Griffin Public Information Meeting

Wednesday, January 22
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
District Hall, 355 West Queens Road

This meeting is your opportunity to view the draft building design, floor plans and parking redesign, and discuss the proposal with District staff and the architects, in person. Doors open at 7:00 pm, Presentation from 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm, and Q&A from 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Visit the project web page for more information.

Griffin Project Manager Announced

The William Griffin project is now in the design phase and construction is expected to begin in early 2014 with completion anticipated by the end of 2015.

The District of North Vancouver and the North Vancouver Recreation Commission have selected MHPM Project Managers Inc as Project Manager and Owner’s Representative for the New William Griffin Community Recreation Centre project.  According to the district website, MHPM has successfully delivered municipal projects across the Lower Mainland and Canada, over 40 of them being major recreation facilities including the Richmond Olympic Oval for the City of Richmond, Poirier Aquatic Facility for the City of Coquitlam, and the Centennial Pool for the City of Abbotsford.

Recall that the project will be partially funded by an “equity transfer” of the Delbrook Rec Centre site.  This means that the block North East of Delbrook and Queens will be re-developed, most likely into some high-density housing.  Your community association will be working to get ahead of this planning process to ensure the development that occurs on the block will be a net benefit to the community.  Fire back in the comments if you want to talk about what should happen to the old Delbrook Rec Center site.

DNV Passes motion on Griffin and Delbrook Sites

District of North Vancouver Councillors passed a motion on future plans for the Griffin and Delbrook Rec centre sites at their October 15th meeting. The motion says:

  1. Proceed with detailed design of the WGCC and initiate the process of obtaining the necessary borrowing authority to a maximum amount of $28 million; and,
  2. Begin a public consultation process to consider options for future use of the Delbrook site.

The original motion was successfully amended by Councillor Hicks to remove wording that stipulated redevelopment of Delbrook, to remove any “nuance of prejudice that the decision had already been made.”
There was very little notice that this subject would be discussed at the meeting but several members of the public spoke:

  • Is council talking about a consultation or a mandate? Not selling the property should be one of the options discussed.
  • Why was the community association kicked off Delbrook property when they tried to distribute material informing the public of the council meeting? Where is the democracy?
  • The Delbrook Community Association has no knowledge about plans for the site.
  • Concern was expressed for the loss of public assembly lands. Council was reminded they had previously advised the NVSD trustees of the importance of preserving PA lands at which time Councillor Bassam had also expressed concerns about even establishing long-term leases of PA lands.
  • The District is facing other large expenditures in coming years. There has been no prioritization of spending needs.
  • Council places great emphasis on the importance of the Official Community Plan, yet is contemplating redeveloping the Delbrook property – which would be contrary to the OCP.
  • Council should make the discussions from closed meetings public so the public knows what is being planned. We have seen no design scopes to tell us what is planned.
  • A district resident for 20 years – very concerned about traffic.
  • We have had no information on the proposed equity transfer. The community does not understand the whole story of the William Griffin project; there is lack of clarity describing the new facility. The June Open House was a good start; however one page of text is inadequate to describe a $40 million project; the 12 hour response time unreasonable. The community does not know what it is getting or giving up.
  • Does Delbrook require a $40 million recreation center? The West Vancouver facility costs were only slightly higher; West Van serves a population of 45,000; DNV’s population of 75,000, has two other major centres plus Harry Jerome.
  • Equity transfer is like death and taxes, there is no going back. The next generation will not thank us.

During debate on the motion councillors made the following comments:

  • Mayor Walton said he was baffled by comments referring to secret meetings and decisions already being made. He said at this point ‘there has been no decision on Delbrook’.
  • Councillor Nixon ‘bristled’ at the comments on secret meetings and a lack of transparency. There are legitimate reasons to consider various options; council has had “brainstorming” sessions after consulting with the Rec. Commission. These discussions led to an engineering study; Council came up with concepts that will be clarified in the design phase. Only then will we be able to talk about money. It would be disingenuous to take (Delbrook) re-development off the table. It might mean single lots, town houses, apartments, or low income housing. He is not prepared to go ahead without some element of equity transfer.
  • Councillor Hicks The proposed Griffin structure expanded because of the needs study. There needs to be a balance with the City of North Vancouver. There was originally no pool proposed but it was included because of pressure from the Edgemont and Delbrook communities. Should one small community have no development in their area?
  • Councillor Muri raised issue of traffic study for Griffin. She noted Delbrook is an old school and energy inefficient and the ‘services you use at Delbrook’ will be put in the new facility at Griffin. DNV has an excellent reputation for engagement with the community and that this would continue; she volunteered DNV staff to meet with Delbrook CA.
  • Councillor Little indicated status quo is not an option. What configuration / uses do we want to allow?
  • Councillor Bassam is absolutely committed to the Griffin project. Delbrook is linked to the Griffin project but the project is not contingent on redeveloping Delbrook.
  • Councillor MacKay-Dunn was absent.

At a municipal all candidates meeting in 2011, two Councillors acknowledged the lack of public engagement regarding the Delbrook/Griffin project. In the past year, how would the residents of Delbrook rate the DNV public engagement process regarding the Griffin/Delbrook consolidation project? Has there been an improvement? Councillor Muri volunteered staff to meet with the DCA, but councillors have not met with local residents.

By Sharlene Hertz

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 604-987-Play (7529)

For more information on the Community Open House contact Joyce Parkin, 604-983-6546 or