May 25, 2022 - Minutes

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Committee


Wednesday, May 25, 2022


Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall


Councillor Harold Steves, Chair (by teleconference)
Councillor Chak Au
Councillor Bill McNulty (by teleconference)
Councillor Linda McPhail (by teleconference)
Councillor Michael Wolfe (by teleconference)

Also Present:

Councillor Carol Day
Councillor Andy Hobbs
Councillor Alexa Loo

Call to Order:

The Chair called the meeting to order at 4:52 p.m.






It was moved and seconded



That the minutes of the meeting of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Committee held on April 26, 2022, be adopted as circulated.










Dr. Michael Bomford, Chair, Department of Sustainable Agriculture, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), was in attendance to briefly review the KPU Research and Teaching Farm 2021 Annual Report.




A PowerPoint presentation was given (copy on file) to briefly summarize 2021 activities and provide images/outline of land utilization of the KPU Farm at the Garden City Lands.




It was noted that the farm was certified organic April 1, 2021 and produced 18 tons of certified organic produce.



               It was moved and seconded



              That  the  KPU  Farm  at  the  Garden  City  Lands  2021  Annual  Report  be                received.







Brent Elliott, Director, Planning and Sustainability, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), was in attendance to speak to the proposed KPU Barn at Garden City Lands.




A PowerPoint presentation was given (copy on file) providing an overview of the proposed upgrades to the KPU Farm Master Plan, including renderings of the barn, which will securely store assets and equipment for improving farm operations.  Once complete (by March 2024), the barn will have a strong presence and punctuate the importance of agriculture.




Councillor Day left the meeting (5:18 p.m.)




A brief discussion ensued with respect to consideration of public washroom facilities.




Councillor Au left the meeting (5:21 p.m.)






Richmond Animal Shelter Public Art Project Terms of Reference
(File Ref. No. 11-7000-09-20-284) (REDMS No. 6856017)



It was moved and seconded



That the Terms of Reference for the Richmond Animal Shelter Public Art Project as presented in the report titled, “Richmond Animal Shelter Public Art Project Terms of Reference”, dated April 13, 2022, from the Director, Arts, Culture and Heritage Services, be approved.










Designated BMX Track and Neighbourhood Pump Track



Councillor Loo put forward the subject referral for consideration.



It was moved and seconded



That staff analyze the concept of a designated BMX track and neighbourhood pump track, and report back with potential sites, estimated costs and possible funding sources.







National Historic Site Designation for Steveston Village



Councillor Steves put forward the subject referral for consideration.



A brief discussion ensued with respect to progress on the Steveston Museum and the Steveston Waterfront, noting concerns raised in 2014 when a large portion of the area had been approved.



It was moved and seconded



That staff prepare an update on the "National Historic Site designation for Steveston Village" for the next committee meeting.  Designation to include the area from the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site to the Gulf of Georgia National Historic Site.  The following buildings with National Historic significance to be included:

-          Britannia Shipyard representing boat building and repairs,

-     Two Phoenix Net Lofts, representing large cannery structures, Lubzinski Ship Wheel construction, and potential Easthope Engine Shop (one of the worlds earliest engine builder), indoor boat collection, maritime museum interpretation, maritime arts, marine habitat centre or "Estuarium"

-        Chinese Bunkhouse, representing Chinese history,

-        Murakami House, representing Japanese History,

-        Murakami Boatworks, representing early Japanese boat building,

-        Kishi Boatworks, representing later Japanese boat building,

-    First Nation Smokehouse, representing First Nations and one of the last remaining smokehouses,

-    Steveston Post Office, and bank, one the last remaining community Post Offices in Canada

-      Japanese Fisherman's Benevolent society building, including the Benevolent Society Office, Japanese School Principals Office and Hospital office and nurses quarters for the Japanese Hospital and the first medicare system in Canada,

-        Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.










Staffing Update



Mandy Hadfield was introduced as the new Manager, Sport and Community Events.




Doors Open Richmond



The 15th Doors Open Richmond returns in 2022 as a free, in-person and online event from June 2 to 5, 2022, celebrating cultural diversity and raising civic awareness by offering a look inside places of worship, cultural and civic centres, local businesses, museums and heritage sites.




Outdoor Pool Opening



Steveston Outdoor Pool was the first to open on May 21st, to be followed by South Arm on June 11th.  Also seeing schools getting more active with 19 schools that have booked sessions at the outdoor pools this spring, as well as schools taking advantage of the water safety sessions, noting a total of 55 sessions booked at the pools to prepare children and youth for water safe activities through the spring and summer.




Seniors Week



Seniors Week – June 6-12, 2022, will kick off on June 6th with the Mayor’s welcome and a walk around Minoru Track.  Over 20 fun, free/low-cost, creative activities and events will be offered throughout the week.




ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge



Taking place June 1-30, 2022, a calendar with over 40 activities has been created for Richmond residents to participate in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, with participants eligible to win a variety of fun prizes.  New for this year are some friendly competitions for aquatic and arena user groups, sports teams and school classrooms to become the most active in their respective categories.  Download the PartipACTION App, join the Community Better Challenge and track your physical activity as Richmond strives to be crowned Canada’s Most Active Community.






It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (5:37 p.m.).





Certified a true and correct copy of the Minutes of the meeting of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Committee of the Council of the City of Richmond held on May 25, 2022.



Councillor Harold Steves

Lorraine Anderson
Legislative Services Associate