District of West Vancouver is taking next steps to determine a new location for a youth hub in West Vancouver.
Council have directed staff to provide detailed business plans including proposed capital, maintenance, and operating costs for the following two options:
The establishment of a new permanent Youth Hub facility in a central location in West Vancouver
A Youth Hub in an existing space through a long-term lease agreement.
West Vancouver wasn’t always without a youth hub.
The first dedicated youth space, the Ambleside Youth Centre, opened in 1996 in a building that originated as a World War II Canadian Military army hut.
By 2019, the ageing Ambleside Youth Centre’s (AYC) roof partially collapsed, and two weeks before it was scheduled for demolition, the building was destroyed by fire.
The Interim Youth Hub opened at Park Royal South as a temporary solution, and the district has since begun the process of identifying options for a permanent replacement.
“A location must be identified by the community before a proposed plan can be developed to present to Council for a final decision. We are narrowing the options down to a few locations and will present them to the community for feedback,” district says.