Clayton’s community hub is getting closer to reality, as the project nears the final stages of the design process.
The community hub, first proposed in 2014, will be a joint facility for arts, recreation and culture on 72 Avenue between 184 and 188 Street. The proposed budget for the project was $41.8 million in early 2017, but has since been increased to $43.5 million.
The 76,000-sq. ft. facility will feature a 13,000-sq. ft. library; arts spaces; indoor basketball, volleyball and badminton courts; a fitness facility with weight rooms and exercise equipment; and outdoor recreation spaces.
Community feedback from a 2016 City of Surrey survey showed that the need for a community hub was strong in Clayton, with nearly half of the respondents saying they would visit the Clayton community hub several times a month.
“Clayton certainly needs recreation facilities, and it’s a rapidly growing community,” Counc. Bruce Hayne said. “I think it will be a wonderful added benefit to that community, and will make it a more livable neighbourhood.”
The site will also feature a sculpture by Studio Morison artists Ivan Morison and Heather Peak.
Site preparation for the $43.5 million facility is already finished and construction is expected to begin in May, with its opening scheduled for the summer of 2020.