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The City recognizes East Maple Ridge’s continued residential growth and has invested in neighbourhoods through the development of two Silver Valley Gathering Places, the new Albion Community Centre, the recent development of the Albion Sports Complex outdoor beach volleyball courts, and the fourth ice sheet project that is currently in progress.
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Hammond Community Park met the preferred criteria: sufficient space, fully serviced site, in a developed area with a growing population, accessible by transit and near a major transportation route. It’s also owned by the City, eliminating the cost of buying land to deliver the project.
Introducing a new multi-use recreation facility with an indoor pool and ice arena is a corporate priority for the City of Maple Ridge. City Council will have the opportunity to make a decision on the project’s future in fall 2024 at which time we will know better the timelines to update the community. A project of this magnitude normally takes three to five years to complete in cases where there are minimal interruptions.
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Attend an Open House:
A Hammond Neighbourhood Focus Session will be held on Saturday Feb. 3 (10am-1pm) at the Hammond Community Centre. Residents in the Hammond neighbourhood will receive an invitation in their mail to ensure they have dedicated time and space to have their say. Please email email@example.com if you live in the Hammond area but did not receive an invitation. Residents that do not live in the Hammond neighbourhood should attend one of the other open house sessions.
Should the Rec Facility Study determine that Hammond Community Park is a feasible location for the new facility and the project progresses to the next step, the baseball fields will be relocated and improved upon based on community and user group engagement.
The project team will continue to engage with the user group(s) who currently use the baseball fields to identify their current needs and ensure the plans for relocation and creating a new facility meets their needs and exceeds expectations where possible. The legacy of Larry Walker is integral to the future, reimagined baseball fields. The City will work to continue to honour the legacy of Larry Walker and his contributions to the grassroots growth of baseball in Maple Ridge.
The project team has initiated conversations with the childcare providers whose operations are based in the building.
It is too early in the process to determine cost estimates. There are many variables to consider when determining the overall costs of a new recreation facility, all of which will be explored as part of the Rec Facility Study.