Welcome to the Spring/Summer edition of our Recreation Guide here at Kits Community Centre!

You will notice that we have a photograph on our Spring cover of a student, a teacher and an alumni coach from Kits Secondary School. This year is the Kits SS Centennial, a very special occasion marked by community celebrations – see the inside of the Spring cover for details of how to get involved, especially if you are an alumnus! We are fortunate to have the school next door, giving us the opportunity to welcome many students to our facility as program participants and youth volunteers for our many events throughout the year.

The good weather in the spring and summer means we are able to make use of Connaught Park for some of our programming and special events, and of course our Summer Daycamps. One such program is Kits in the Park, a free program for families with young children that is presented on Monday and Friday mornings – all summer long – in partnership with Kits Neighbourhood House.

We are also eager to welcome back our friends from Vancouver Farmers Market, who showcase and sell delicious local foods, literally in our own backyard, every Sunday morning from May 6th through October 21st.

You may notice that we have taken a hiatus from Picnic in the Park for Summer 2018. Following the success of our 2017 evening of music and movies, we have expanded Movie in the Park. On Sunday, August 26th, beginning at 4pm we will host an afternoon featuring games & activities for the whole family, leading into live entertainment, a family BBQ and the Disney/Pixar feature: Coco (Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature Film).

Speaking of Connaught Park, we on the Board of Directors also want you to be aware of the Vancouver Park Board’s VanSplash Strategy, a 25 year plan to upgrade aquatic facilities and services in Vancouver. The plan calls for the construction of a pool along with redevelopment of the site. We expect there will be a thorough community consultation/engagement process to solicit residents’ views and concerns. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to read the VanSplash Report posted on our website. Here is a brief excerpt from the Report:

“Provide a new City-wide destination pool with a sport-training focus, at Connaught Park as part of a future
arena and/or community centre renewal. This proposed facility would replace and improve the current sport-training capacity of the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, and would consider potential for hosting of competitions to a level that the site can accommodate as part of the detailed planning. Community consultation
and broader VPB service delivery objectives would be considered in the detailed planning and delivery of this
proposed new facility, along with a detailed site study to determine the capacity that the site can accommodate.
Regional distribution of other competition and training facilities must also be considered at the time of facility
planning.”

Finally, I would like to remind you that the Kits Community Centre Association is a non-profit society with a $1,000,000 budget run by volunteers on various Committees and the Board of Directors. The KCCA has many responsibilities under the new, recently signed Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) with the Park Board, but our core responsibility is to represent and advocate for the interests of the residents of Kitsilano in the planning of programs at the Centre, working closely with our excellent Park Board programmers and support staff. We encourage you to get involved with the work of the Association by getting in touch with our Community Engagement Coordinator, Jennifer Taylor, at *protected email*.

Jerry Fast

President
Kitsilano Community Centre Association