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Edmonds community centre to open in spring

The long-awaited new $46-million Edmonds Community Centre will be completed in February with a targeted opening date of early spring, according to Burnaby parks and recreation director Dave Ellenwood.

While that's a few months later than originally planned, wet weather last spring and summer set construction back by a few weeks, he said.

The city is currently hiring supervisory staff who will help hire programming staff.

The adjacent Edmonds Park (formerly known as Richmond Park) is also being redeveloped, from north to south.

The "great lawn" is being regraded in the area north of the walking circuit towards Elwell Street. And a feature playground will be installed in the new year, hopefully in time for children to use if this summer.

As the community centre is completed, the landscaping and connection between the new building and the park will be developed.

As for the former Kingsway library branch, currently being used as a temporary fitness centre, Ellenwood said he'll decide in the next 1 1/2 months whether the parks department will have another use for it once the community centre opens.

If not, it'll be turned over to the rest of city hall to decide its future.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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