Since 2011, the River District Neighbourhood Centre has served as a social hub for the local community. Over its 9-year span, the Neighbourhood Centre has provided a variety of family programming including the South Vancouver Family Place drop-in program. In addition to offering an array of fitness programs, the Neighbourhood Centre has also hosted a number of free seasonally themed family events like Heebie-jeebie Halloween, Lunar New Year, and the Golden Easter Celebration. Privately owned, operated and funded by Wesgroup, the centre has proudly served over 100,000 guests.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Neighbourhood Centre has been closed since March of this year and it is unclear when it would be safe to reopen again. The land on which the Neighbourhood Centre is located is also leased by Wesgroup from the City of Vancouver and this lease expires early next year. As a result of the lease expiring and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Wesgroup has made the difficult decision to permanently close the River District Neighbourhood Centre.
When it is safe to do so, Wesgroup will continue to host great family friendly events within River District. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing the community continue to explore and enjoy the great public spaces within River District including the parks, trails and Town Centre plaza.
Please join us in continuing to advocate on behalf of your neighbourhood with the City to secure the delivery of the community centre by contacting the City at firstname.lastname@example.org.