Rec Facility Study
Welcome to the landing page for the Maple Ridge Rec Facility Study! "Rec" is short for "recreation".
On September 12, 2023, the City launched the recreation feasibility project that will explore the feasibility of locating a new multi-use recreational facility with an indoor pool and ice arena in the Hammond neighbourhood.
Hammond Community Park has been identified as the preferred site for the City’s second indoor pool and fifth ice sheet – both of which are priorities in the Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Master Plan that was adopted in February. The park is currently home to Hammond Community Centre and Hammond Outdoor Pool, both at the end of their functional lifespans, as well as Hammond Stadium and Larry Walker fields.
The City is issuing Request for Proposals (RFPs) for a consultant team to complete a feasibility study that includes a site analysis, potential uses and design concepts.
Explore this page for additional information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
About the Study
Scope of the Study
The City anticipates awarding the Rec Facility Study (the Study) contract in the fall, with the work to take place into 2024.
While the Study’s focus is on the aquatics and ice components, it will take a comprehensive approach that includes:
- Extensive public engagement with community and interested parties,
- Scale and type of facility needed,
- A site analysis including three to four design concepts,
- Potential additional recreation uses identified as needs in the PRC Master Plan, including fitness centre and indoor track.
- Archeological, geotechnical, parking and traffic assessments,
- Potential operating models and estimated costs.
The analysis will also consider leading trends, best practices and regional facilities comparisons, along with the extensive feedback collected during public engagement for the new PRC Master Plan and 2017-2018 recreation infrastructure review.
Consideration of specific facility uses, designs and programming will follow the delivery of the completed Rec Facility Study and discussion by Council in mid 2024.
If the project proceeds, the intent is to integrate the existing Hammond Community Centre and pool programming into a new facility. The park’s existing baseball fields would be re-constructed in a different location with an improved experience recognizing the legacy of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Larry Walker for whom one of the existing fields is named.
Detailed planning for new recreation facilities will involve extensive engagement with the public and key partners, including Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations, user groups, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows School District 42 and other invested groups.
This Rec Facility Study is part of a comprehensive approach to recreation planning that considers growth trends across the community. This work included the opening of the Albion Community Centre last year, and the planning is now underway for the fourth ice sheet at Planet Ice Maple Ridge.
The City is also working with a consultant to develop an implementation plan that will see the prioritization of projects and services identified in the PRC Master Plan, with the results anticipated in early 2024.
Choosing a Preferred Site
In recent months, City staff reviewed potential private and public locations around the community for a new aquatics and arena facility. The 13-acre Hammond Community Park meets all the requirements – 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.
In addition, Hammond Community Centre is earmarked for accessibility and building upgrades, and the outdoor pool is nearing the end of its service life. The City approved $2.5 million to renovate the centre in 2018, but paused this work to consider broader long-term community needs determined through the PRC master plan work.
- What is the purpose of this Rec Facility Study?
- What does the Rec Facility Study include?
- How long will the Rec Facility Study take?
- What happens after the Rec Facility Study is complete?
- If the Rec Facility Study determines that Hammond Community Park is a feasible location for a new recreation facility, how long will it be until the project is completed?
- How can I provide feedback for this multi-use recreation facility project?
- This project references a fifth ice sheet; however, Maple Ridge currently does not have a fourth ice sheet. What is happening with that project?
- Why was Hammond Community Park chosen as the preferred site?
- What other sites were considered?
- If Hammond Community Park is determined to be a feasible site, what will happen to the baseball fields currently located on this site? Will the legacy of Larry Walker continue to be honoured?
- If Hammond Community Park is determined to be a feasible site, what will happen to Hammond Community Centre and the childcare services offered out of this location?
- If Hammond Community Park is determined to be a feasible site, what will happen to Hammond Outdoor Pool?
- How much will the new facility cost and how might this affect taxpayers?
- What is the plan for the other facilities recommended as part of the recently endorsed Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Master Plan?
- Why doesn’t the Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Master Plan and/or recreation infrastructure reviews from the past (2017-2018) provide enough info to proceed with the new facility?
- What is the City planning to do with the previous $2.5M that was identified for improvements to the Hammond Community Centre?
- What is the City doing to meet the growing recreational needs of the residents living on the East side of Maple Ridge?
- What happened to the other plans for a new outdoor pool?
- Why didn’t the City include a pool when building Albion Community Centre?
- What happened during the previous renovation to the baseball fields?