Award for Maple Ridge youth centre

Award for Maple Ridge youth centre

The District of Maple Ridge has won a provincial facility excellence award from the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association for the Greg Moore Youth Recreation Centre.

The youth centre supports a wide range of activities and events for the community and fosters an environment in which community organizations work as a team to provide services that meet the needs of its youth. It features a large, open active area with a rock climbing wall, multi-purpose room, teaching kitchen/concession area, community meeting space, computer lab, and more.

The facility’s “Community Team Approach” of bringing together youth groups and organizations, community service providers working in the area of prevention and district staff, has strengthened the recreation program through both the ability of workers to refer youth to services and for partners to refer them to recreation opportunities.

“It is a testament to the forethought that went into the Greg Moore Youth Recreation Centre that it has withstood the test of time and is still considered state of the art after 10 years of operation,” said Suzanne Allard Strutt, BCRPA chief executive officer.

“The centre serves as an example of how extensive youth engagement and community input created an optimal design addressing as many needs as possible all in one facility.”

The Facility Excellence Award recognizes excellence in facility concept, design development, maintenance and operation. Award winners demonstrate outstanding innovation which has made, or could make, significant impact in the parks and recreation field.

The BCRPA award conference brings together members of the parks, recreation, physical activity and culture sector from around B.C., including elected officials, volunteers, members of the business community and others.