South Bonson Community Centre Wins Award

May 31, 2013

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THE CITY OF PITT MEADOWS WINS BCRPA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
South Bonson Community Centre honoured with Facility Excellence Award

Whistler, BC (Friday, May 3, 2013) The City of Pitt Meadows has won a Provincial Award of Excellence from the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) for its South Bonson Community Centre.

The City of Pitt Meadows has won a Provincial Award of Excellence from the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) for its South Bonson Community Centre.

The community centre is unique in its design. It incorporates green building principles (LEED Gold), community history and the use of wood in its design. In support of the site's community heritage and sustainability, much of the interior finishes and furniture are made from Douglas Fir, reclaimed from an historic local barn which was donated by the Park family – who were key contributors to the birth and growth of the community of Pitt Meadows.

The two-storey 12,000 sf wood and timber frame building is the first building in Pitt Meadows to pursue LEED certification at the gold level. The Centre was designed and built with careful consideration to the environment, minimizing site disturbance, repurposing industrial land, ensuring water and energy efficiency, reducing light pollution, using and reusing local building materials, generating operational power for the building with photovoltaic panels, pre-heating water with solar panels and reusing rainwater.

The Centre has become a community focal point and gathering place as well as a point of neighbourhood pride for its design, functionality, historical and community significance and beauty. Situated next to the Katzie First Nations Centre, the Centre is home to many cultural and social development events and activities.

The main hall of the Centre features a 16 x 8 foot wood relief wood carving which was designed by Pitt Meadows artist Brad Dinwoodie and created through the efforts of more than 1,200 local residents under the guidance of local master carvers and artists. Over 100 aboriginal students and 550 people contributed to the carving which illustrates the natural surroundings of Pitt Meadows and the rich history of the Katzie First Nation.

"The South Bonson Community Centre illustrates a very real commitment on the part of the City of Pitt Meadows to invest in the local neighbourhood," stated Suzanne Allard Strutt, BCRPA chief executive officer. "The Centre illustrates how much value and impact a facility can have in a community and how great even a smaller project can be."

The Facility Excellence Award recognizes excellence in facility concept, design development, maintenance and operation. Award recipients demonstrate outstanding innovation which has made, or could make, significant impact in the recreation and parks sector. This award is one of several awards presented at the BCRPA's Annual Symposium. The symposium brings together members of the parks, recreation, physical activity and culture sector from around BC, including elected officials, volunteers, members of the business community and others. Whistler is the host of this year's event.

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For more information:
Cyndia Pilkington
Communications Officer, BCRPA
p) 604.629.0965 ext 244
c) 604.254.6477
cpilkington@bcpra.bc.ca