Cultural Network Newsletter

Leisure Centre Renovations

Council approved the recommendation to award the tender for the contract to Chandos Construction Ltd on Feb. 27 for the Leisure Centre upgrades. Next steps to confirm timeline and mobilize for the construction which is estimated to be 13 months. The Leisure Centre will remain open for program delivery in the multipurpose spaces, fitness centre, gymnasium and the Greg Moore Youth Centre. The temporary access to the Leisure Centre will be through the doors to the east of the current Leisure Centre main doors.  During events in the park, the public will still be able to use the washrooms on the second floor.  

Once complete, the renovations will result in significant improvements to the pool, lobby and reception areas, and will greatly increase accessibility and inclusivity in these spaces. Updates are available 24/7 on the website

For special event organizers, Culture staff will be in touch to discuss alternatives once the construction schedule is confirmed.

Public Art Call

Leisure Centre Public Art Opportunity - Open 

Deadline: April 12 

Canadian artists and artist teams are invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) RFEI-PL18-4 to create a new original permanent public piece of artwork to enhance the customer and visitor experience at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre. 

We have an opportunity to partially renovate and upgrade the pool, lobby and change room areas which provides a chance to integrate new public art into this well used community centre (over 400,000 visits/year) that celebrates health and wellness, intergenerational active living, sport and Indigenous place names. For further details please see the website and BC Bid.

Our Culture Team has moved!

Our Culture Team has moved to the third floor of the Business Tower in order to accomodate service improvements at the Greg Moore Youth Centre. As a result, we have adjusted our Drop In Hours to ensure we support our community groups during this transition time.  

New Drop In Hours

Tuesdays: 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Thursdays: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
 Saturdays: By appointment 

Karina LeBlanc Field
Karina LeBlanc Field
Karina LeBlanc Field

Karina LeBlanc Synthetic Field & New Public Art Completed

The new Karina LeBlanc Synthetic Field and the new "Field of Dreams" public artwork are completed. With the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and the City's capital fund, we have a new full-sized artificial surface which would allow for unlimited play and practice to support youth development in soccer, football, rugby and lacrosse. 

In addition, the new public artwork next to the field, commissioned by the Public Art Steering Committee, is a combination of mosaic and stamped designs created by artist Glen Andersen. He was inspired by the history of the site and ideas and designs generated by the athletic leadership class at Maple Ridge Secondary. 

Andersen explains, “the ‘Field of Dreams’ title is a metaphor that applies on many levels, including Karina LeBlanc and all the other aspiring athletes who use the field, but also the dreams of users past, of multiple species. A follow-the-bouncing-ball motif is the overall visual template, with footprints following alongside and coming in along the edges, almost as if the turkeys (when the site was owned by the Merkley family), bears and barefoot humans have stepped in wet cement, but also suggesting the multiple users of the land over time and eons, culminating in the cleats of a contemporary athlete.” 

Special thanks to the students and Ms. Kira Sinow. For details, please visit the website.
Haney Restoration

Restored Haney House Museum
Re-Opens - Everyone welcome!

Location: 11612 224 Street, Maple Ridge
Date: June 3, 2018 
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
With the assistance of the Province of BC through the BC Canada 150 program and City of Maple Ridge capital funds, there is now a refreshed look to historic Haney House Museum, one of Canada’s few remaining mid-Victorian heritage homes. The recent conservation and restoration work at this City owned site represents one of the many phases needed to restore and maintain a heritage gem. 

The work for the site involved improvements on the exterior of the house, including the roof, windows and doors, and for the interior, research on wallpaper. During the course of the work more original building materials were uncovered that revealed more historically accurate details. For updates and information, please visit the website

Join us on June 3 to find out more! Visitors can expect refreshments, heritage games, crafts, entertainment and guided tours of Haney House. 

We wish to acknowledge the support from the Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission and Maple Ridge Historical Society. In addition, this project was funded in part by the City of Maple Ridge, Province of BC through the BC Canada 150 program and Heritage BC through the Heritage Legacy Fund.
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Heritage Awards Kudos

The Heritage Awards event took place on February 22 during Heritage Week to recognize a number of citizens and groups for their significant contributions to our community’s heritage. Commendations to Meridian Farm Market and Maple Ridge Family History Group. Awards to Black Press - Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Times, Cees Van De Mond, Meaghan Durupt, Jeff and Debbi Davis, 31st Alouette Baden Powell Guild and Alouette River Management Society.  Congratulations to all! Event photos available on the City’s Facebook page.
Port Haney Brochure

New Port Haney Heritage Walking Tour Brochure & Map 

The Maple Ridge Historical Society has produced an updated version of the Port Haney Heritage Walking tour brochure. These brochures are available for a nominal cost from the Society. Contact the museum via email for details. 

New Tourism Video for Maple Ridge

The City of Maple Ridge is proud to share a new video that showcases our natural beauty, festivals, community events, history, agriculture, restaurants, craft brewers and amazing citizens. 

Provincial and Territorial Cultural Indicators 2016

Statistics Canada has released the new Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI) 2010 to 2016 findings. The PTCI is derived directly from the Canadian Culture Satellite Account (CSA), a tool designed in 2008 to measure the economic contribution of culture, arts, heritage and sports to the Canadian economy. Please see the Government of Canada webpages (Canadian Heritage and Statistics Canada), including the “Culture: Value in Our Lives, Value in Our Economy” video.

Culture Information

Jim Robson Way

On January 28 the roadway leading to Planet Ice was renamed in honour of Jim Robson, the longtime voice of the Canucks and Maple Ridge resident. 105 Avenue from Lougheed Highway to the traffic circle is now named Jim Robson Way.

Use the following addresses: for events at Planet Ice 23588 Jim Robson Way, V2W 1B8 and for events at Albion Fairgrounds 23448 Jim Robson Way V2W 1G3.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Location: Valley Fair Mall

National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 22) is the perfect opportunity to applaud the hundreds of Maple Ridge citizens who generously donate their time and skills to projects that better the community and improve the lives of others. Volunteers organize block parties, clean-up streams, coach soccer, maintain community gardens and plan special events. You see them helping out in schools, selling girl guide cookies, manning reception centres in times of crisis, assisting with swimming lessons in the community pool and much more.

This year, the City of Maple Ridge, Valley Fair Mall and the Kiwanis Club of Golden Ears are joining forces to plan a special breakfast celebration. The community is welcome to come by and partake in a delicious pancake breakfast and to learn more about the work of our community champions. Entertainment, displays, speeches, story telling and other activities will be part of the event. For more details, call Parks, Recreation & Culture at 604-467-7325 (1).

Zero Waste Volunteers

Volunteer Information Session

Location: Fraser Room, Maple Ridge Library 
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Details: Be part of the team! Get involved in community special events, meet new people and have fun helping out behind the scenes for Canada Day, Celebrate the Night, Remembrance Day and other events. To register for this free session, call Kathryn Baird at 604-467-7459.

Neighbourhood Block Parties & Matching Grants

Parks, Recreation and Culture is accepting Neighbourhood Small Grant applications until April 9 for neighbours interested in hosting a block party event or participating in a project that will benefit their common area.

The Neighbourhood Small Grant (NSG) program:
  • Connect and engage neighbours (e.g. a block party or a social gathering)
  • Share residents’ skills and knowledge (e.g. artist or yoga instructor teaching a free class to neighbours)
  • Build a sense of ownership and pride in community (e.g. Library box or garden projects)
  • Respect and celebrate diversity (e.g. multicultural potlucks)
Grants range from $100 to $500 and applications are evaluated by a committee of residents with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This group reviews the applications and decides which projects to fund.

Some themes that have proved popular in the past include intergenerational connections, youth talent, group gardening and newcomer welcome barbaques.

Neighbours connecting and engaging can have some surprising benefits. As one NSG grant recipient said, “Our event has been going on annually and the neighbourhood has grown together to help each other, have social events unrelated to our event, develop friendships and be there to help one another where there are issues concerning our neighbourhood. In times of trouble, many members of the group will step up and help one another. The unintended outcomes have been most rewarding.”

Check out the Connect & Engage video to learn more about the importance of this program and bringing neighbours together. For more information call Kathryn Baird at Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation & Culture at 604-467-7459 or email 

Festivals Support Grant Program

We are accepting applications for grassroots grants for small special events in Maple Ridge (max $500) year round. Please visit our website or contact Darlene via email. The website has lots of tools to help new event organizers and staff are always happy to take your calls. There are regular info sessions for organizers too!

For eligible medium to larger festivals the next intake deadline will be April 15 for festivals that take place between November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. Applications are available online or by email.

For further assistance please contact the Culture Office at 604-467-7325 (2).

2018 Arts BC Conference  

Engagement in a #NewArtsEra
May 10-12  |  Burnaby, BC
For details, please visit the website
Earth Day 2018

Celebrate Earth Day & the Haney Farmers Market

Location: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge
Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 2:00 PM
Details: This eco-inspired, all ages event includes the Family Freecycle, the Cycle Recycle Free Bike Draw, arts & entertainment, interactive booths, flash mobs, a special Haney Farmers Market, electric vehicles, a Food Truck Festival and more. This year, everyone is encouraged to “DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it!” Bring broken items to be fixed at the Repair Cafe at the Greg Moore Youth Centre and get hands on at Tinkerbell Corner to make and share your original creations! For details, visit the website

Race the Ridge

Location: Downtown Maple Ridge 
Date: April 28 & 29, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 2:00 PM
Details: Another exciting Road Cycling Stage race that offers a wide range of bike and racing categories including youth, masters, elite and novices. It's a great atmosphere to motivate and push your cycling boundaries. For details, please visit the website

Youth Week

Date: May 1 - 7, 2018
Details: Youth week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun, interaction, celebration intended to build a strong connection between young people and their communities and to profile the issues, accomplishments and diversity of youth across the province. To find out what's happening in Maple Ridge, please visit our website.
Family Fest

Ridge Meadows Home Show/Family Fest

Location: Albion Fairgrounds & Planet Ice
Date: May 4 - 6, 2018
Time Details: Friday - 4:00 - 9:00 PM
                       Saturday - 10:00 - 8:00 PM
                       Sunday - 10:00 - 4:00 PM
Event Details: One of BC's largest home shows featuring everything needed to renovate, decorate, and landscape your home. Come and enjoy three days of magical fun, great stage performances and all sorts of "try it" activities for kids and families. For details, please visit the website
Farmers Market

Haney Farmers Market

Location: Memorial Peace Park 
Date: Saturdays, May 12 to mid November 
Time: 9:00 - 2:00 PM
Details: Haney Farmers Market is back for 2018! Come to the park to enjoy the atmosphere and shop local vendors. For more information, please visit the website

Art Studio Tour

Location: Various locations throughout Maple Ridge
Date: May 12 & 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 4:00 PM
Details: On Mother's Day weekend, many local artist open their studios for visitors. Enjoy a unique opportunity. Meet the artist at work, hear the stories behind their art and gain insight into their creative process. The self-guided tour features potters, jewellers, painters, sculptors and more. Visit the website for more details and to download a map of the tour. 

Father's Day Fish Release 

Location: Maple Ridge Park
Date: June 17, 2018
Time: 11:00 - 1:00 PM
Details: Join the Alouette River Management Society and Maple Ridge Adopt-a-Stream Program in releasing 5000 Chinook salmon fry into the South Alouette River. This is a FREE event where you can learn about the pacific salmon life cycle and other wildlife in the Alouette watershed. Bring the whole family as everyone is welcome to participate. For more information visit the website

National Aboriginal Day Celebration 

Location: Memorial Peace Park
Date: June 23, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 2:00 PM
Details: In recognition of National Aboriginal Day on June 21, this event features the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of our First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. Traditional dance, music and ceremonial blessings, a Bannock cook-off, a Farmers Market, community displays, Indigenous games, crafts and interactive activities bring people of all ages together for an exciting community gathering. For details visit the website.  
Open Government Portal
The Open Government Portal was created to engage citizens and to increase accessibility, transparency, and accountability. The web portal, along with its flagship application "What's Happening Around Me?" (WHAM), was launched as a beta site on October 17, 2017, after a reveal to Council. Click the image above to learn more and get engaged!

Cultural Grants and Foundations - Resources

For anyone looking for what types of cultural grants are available from foundations and different levels of government, please see the information courtesy of MaryAnn Anderson at Little Dog Consulting. She tracks all new and upcoming sources and deadlines with links to the funders. And it’s available for free 24/7!

SpaceFinder Program

A new FREE tool has been launched to match artists and arts organizations with under-utilized performance, rehearsal, and event spaces. Initially launching in the Metro Vancouver area, SpaceFinder BC is a state-of-the-art online tool that provides solutions for both artists and venues.  

SpaceFinder BC to learn more.

Cultural Workshop & Training

Check out the BC Alliance for the Arts and Culture every season for relevant workshops and training for the cultural industry.

Current workshops include:
  • CSA Presentation on the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators
  • Preventing Bullying and Harassment 
Further details available on the website
Liquor Control & Licensing
The BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) recently announced changes to their Special Occasion Permit Policy as it relates to which events are eligible for permission to obtain a license. For example, the new policy may allow profit-making events to obtain a special occasion license if the event supports the music industry in BC. For full details and contact information for questions related to the changes, please visit the
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