SUMMER IS HERE   May 2013    Kerrisdale Community Center E-News. Recreation news direct to your inbox!

Kerrisdale Community Centre Summer BrochureSummer Recreation Guide Online Now

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Brochures will be mailed out to the neighbourhood May 13-17 and will be available to pick up at the Kerrisdale Community Centre on Saturday May 18.

Check it out for lots of great programs for all ages!

•    Online Registration begins Friday, May 24 at 9:00am
•    In Person Registration begins Saturday, May 25   8:45am-4:00pm
•    By Phone or Fax Registration begins Monday, May 27 at 9:00am

We offer an amazing variety of recreational activities for people of all ages - from gardening to hiking, swimming to soccer, bridge to belly dancing. Whether you're interested in sports, arts, fitness, health and wellness, or personal development, we've got something for YOU.



Open letter to Kerrisdale Community Centre Patrons

As the new President of the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society I thank Mr. Oscar Bisnar, our Past-President, for leading the Society over the last two years. More recently, Oscar has been steadfast in this challenging period when potentially drastic changes to our relationship with the Park Board are imminent.

As you may now know, in closed discussion held over the past year the Park Board demanded control of programming and all revenues generated at our Centre and at the 20 other Community Centres currently operated under contract with the Park Board by
independent Societies. Well-attended public meetings held in January, 2013 forced the Park Board to go public with these plans. Media coverage of this conflict has been exceptional. An independent Mustel survey showed the public supported the position of the Societies two to one, with 69% of respondents aware of Park Board’s effort to take over control of Vancouver’s
Community Centres.

The Society is willing to negotiate a new Joint Operating Agreement (JOA). However, we do not presently trust the Park Board to negotiate transparently and in good faith. One example of this mistrust stems from the Park Board General Manager admitting to five community centre Presidents that Park Board had indeed violated terms of our JOA, but he would not guarantee the Park Board would not disregard the JOA again. To make the matter worse, the JOA dispute resolution mechanism gives the Park Board —the signatory that violated the JOA in the first place--power to rule on any dispute. This is one aspect of the JOA that must be revised.

As an example of disrespect to Community Centre Societies, and the Park Board’s predetermined agenda, the Park Board General Manager has written letters to Park Board staff instructing them to develop plans to implement new systems to facilitate low income access and “flexipass” across the network of Community Centres, despite the fact that no Society has agreed on the mechanisms by which these services might function.

Ten of 21 Community Centres currently operated by independent Societies are not participating in current JOA negotiations with the Park Board. Six of these 10 centres, including Kerrisdale, are actively resisting all efforts by Park Board to get control of Community Centre revenues. Park Board must rebuild trust with us, and negotiate with transparency and in good faith. We will be happy to bargain with the Park Board, provided the Park Board agrees to the following:

1) settle the violations of the current JOA;

2) instruct Park Board staff to cease implementing operating policies and procedures that violate the current JOA;

3) drop imposed timelines to reach a new agreement; and

4) open all issues to negotiation.

Your support for the Board of Directors has been fantastic with many of you writing letters to our elected Park Board Commissioners, City Councilors, and the Mayor addressing the Park Board take-over plans. Please keep up the pressure on our elected officials and let them know you want to keep community in Community Centres.


Robert Lockhart, President, Kerrisdale Community Centre Society



The weather is getting better, which means it is time for Outdoor Tennis again! Don’t miss out! We have classes for all ages.

Kinder 3-6yrs

Junior & Junior Fast Track 7-9yrs

Youth & Youth Fast Track 10-12yrs

Teen Beginners & Intermediate 13-17yrs

Adult Beginners & Intermediate 18+yrs

Private & Semi Private Lessons 5+yrs

Click here for a detailed list of classes. Tennis ALL AGES (PDF 78kb)


Mark your calendar for these upcoming Spring programs. Register Now

Baby Sign Language 0-18mths
Did you know that babies understand and can communicate long before they are able to speak? Using songs and games, learn basic American Sign Language (ASL) hand gestures to facilitate this communication with your hearing child. Increase understanding of your child's needs and wants alleviating much unneeded frustration. Research shows that babies who learn sign language learn quicker and talk earlier. Bring your baby (0-18 mths) to class.
M            11:00-11:45am   May 27-Jun 24    45500.201   $74/5 sess

First Aid Classes
Standard First Aid                         May 18 &19
Standard First Aid Recert              May 19
Emergency First Aid                      May 18
Emergency First Aid Recert          May 18
CPR C Basic Rescuer                    May 18
CPR C Basic Recert                       May 18

Click here for more info and to register online!

Floor Hockey 18+yrs
Please bring your own stick (plastic or composite). Shin guards and eye protection recommended. Drop-in $5, space permitting
Wed      8:00-10:00pm    ongoing-Jun 26    43921.202KR                 

Badminton Court Rentals
We offer badminton court rentals 4 days a week. Find a day that works for you!
Tue        11:45am-12:45pm
Tue        8:45pm-9:45pm                
Wed      7:00pm-8:00pm
Thu        11:45am-12:45pm
Sun        11:45am-12:45pm
Click here for more info and to book online!


Kerrisdale Play Palace at Kerrisdale Arena

We are open 7 days a week and can host your birthday party any day of the week! April 29-August 28

The Play Palace is an indoor family play palace with inflatables, ride toys, toddler area and other fun and exciting equipment.
For more information, please visit our Play Palace page


Summer Daycamps---
Come and join us!


Mini Safari Preschool Camp 3-5 yrs

Youth Adventure Camp 11+ yrs

Summer Safaris 6-10 yrs

Art-rageous Art Camp   6-12yrs

Sports Camps

Tennis Camps

Yoga & Art Camps  

Pottery Camp             6-12yrs

Shakespeare Camp  7-13yrs

Many art, sports and educations camps also available!

Click here for details or here to download our Summer Daycamp Brochure


Summer Volunteer Orientation 12-18yrs

 Learn about all of our volunteering opportunities and work with staff and other volunteers making a safe and fun  community. We will play some games, go on a tour and discuss volunteering opportunities at the centre. Note: due to the large interest, not all attendees will be guaranteed volunteer shifts.
Please sign up in advance and bring a resume if you have one.
Sa              5:00pm-6:30pm          Jun 15                1 session/FREE

Kerrisdale Playbook

Editor's Note May 2013
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Keiko Honda  
Editor-in-Chief & Chair
Community Engagement, KCCS

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Kerrisdale Community Centre Spring Fling May 17Kerrisdale Pool:
Spring Fling May 17

A fun, family event to welcome Spring! We will have a BBQ, water games, crafts and more!
Friday, May 17 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Discount Dip admission


Maple Grove Outdoor Pool

Opening Saturday June 22
This is a large heated outdoor wading pool. It's a perfect place to learn to swim, have a family picnic, or cool from the hot sun. Enjoy a treat from the concession, use the playground, play water basketball, or swim to the mini island.

Hours of operation are 10:15am to 7:45pm June 22 to August 18.  10:15 to 6:45pm August 19 to September 2.
Open every day for public swims including statutory holidays.
Admission Rates:
Children under 2.........FREE...........PASS
3-18 years..................$1.50...........$49.50
Adult 19+ yrs...............$2.50...........$82.50
Please note the admissions and concession is CASH ONLY.
more info...

Maple Grove Outdoor Pool--- Swimming  Lessons

Register on-line Sunday June 2 or Monday June 3 in-person at Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard, Lessons run rain or shine.

PS 1 (Sea Turtle)
19621.301KR    July 2-July 12    10:00am-10:30am    $55.00
19621.302KR    July 2-July 12    11:00am-11:30am    $55.00
19622.301KR    July 15-July 26    10:00am -10:30am    $60.75
19622.302KR    July 15-July 26    11:00am-11:30am    $60.75

PS 2/3 (Salamander/Sunfish)
19631.351KR    July 2-July 12    10:30am-11:00am    $55.00
19632.351KR    July 15-July 26    10:30am-11:00am    $60.75

Swim Kids 1/2
29621.351KR    July 2-July 12    9:30am-10:00am    $48.70
29622.351KR    July 15-July 26    9:30am-10:00am    $53.75
Click here to link to the above lesson info online

Music in the Park

Join us for music in the Park every Friday in July.  
Free music for the family.  
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.
Music will be next to the playground (weather permitting).
Schedule will be available at the end of June


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  1. Summer Registration and Program Guide
  2. KCC President's Message
  3. Tennis    
  4. Program Spotlight    First Aid,Badminton Crt Rentals, Baby Sign Language
  5. Kerrisdale PlayPalace
  6. Summer Daycamps
  7. Volunteer Orientation
  8. Kerrisdale PlayBook
  9. Spring Fling Pool Event    
  10. Maple Grove Pool