The last two lines of the December 6th presentation to City Council by the North Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club (NVLB) stated that they “Support the redevelopment of the Harry Jerome Recreation Centre” and “Wish to be an active participant in the process”.
There could have been discussions about integrating new clubhouse facilities into a new recreation facility – or even building an entirely new clubhouse beside new relocated greens.
However, since the old recreation center needs to operate while the new one is built, there is no opportunity to integrate new clubhouse facilities in a new center. And since we can’t even consider a new location, such as at the Mickey McDougal site or along 23rd Street, there will not be an opportunity to build a new clubhouse at new, improved greens.
The effect of the Council motion to entrench lawn bowling along Lonsdale deprives the NVLB of their wish to be a participant in the process. It also deprives the City of the opportunity to bring life, light and activity to a usually dark section of Lonsdale. Both the lawn bowlers and the residents of the City will miss out on a great opportunity to make a better community for everyone.