What essential components of design and programming are needed for a Lower Capilano community centre that engenders community identity, better community health and well being?
How do the facility design considerations serve a broad user base in the most inclusive manner?
Why services –beyond sport and fitness - need to be provided in a multi-functional environment to successfully serve a wide range of community ages, abilities and needs.
|Fitness gym at Mt. Pleasant Community Centre, Vancouver|
The experience and insights gained on the tour deepened the knowledge base for tour participants on a number of fronts, for example:
- Essential consideration for the role of storage immediately adjacent to multi-purpose rooms was noted by each facility manager. Without sufficient storage, users are unable to efficiently re-purpose spaces in ways that guarantee successful programming.
- Social and community services function most efficiently and to greater benefit when they are combined in a manner that provides ‘one-stop shopping’ for users, integrating community health care centers and other population health initiatives.
- Governance models for community centres need to evolve to ensure appropriate community involvement that is accountable and flexible.
- The critical need for a variety of room size options and use of glass to promote cohesive and open interior spaces that invite participation and convey a sense of security and activity.
|Senior's exercise classes / Activity room at John Braithwaite Centre|
|Tour participants at John Braithwaite Centre meeting with centre manager.|
These planning perspectives will also inform the October 26 “Building a Community Living Room” event, part of the Big Bench Sessions series of community planning events organized by the CGA.
Further details for this upcoming series of community events will be circulated in early September.