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History and Future of
Community Association and
Community Centre

Few people understand the history of our community centres or the effort it took to establish them.

In the beginning, it was the community associations who started the movement. Along the way, they enlisted the help of the Park Board. So began the partnership between community associations and Park Board.

Seventy years ago, “the seed and initial push came from a handful of local community-minded people who, in 1944, conceived of the idea that became the spark that ignited the community center movement for all of Greater Vancouver.”

And that movement started right here in Marpole.

Here is the history of the Marpole-Oakridge Community Association (MOCA) and the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre (MOCC) that the association got built. It is the story of all Vancouver community centres and an important part of Vancouver history:
  • A 1957 report on the community centre which includes floor plans.
  • A 1950 narrative of the origins and early history of the community centre.

If we want to sustain and enhance this facility to serve the needs of our growing population, MOCA and MOCC need your input and assistance.

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Marpole-Oakridge Community Association (MOCA)


Spring & Summer 2017 President's Message

First off I would like welcome in springtime and hope we have nice weather to usher in the summer months. It has been a tough winter!

We at the Board level are disappointed to have learned the consultation process that we expected has been delayed. Apparently the City Manager has decided that the issue of where the community Centre will be located is still undecided. This was very disappointing as we had an announcement from the Park Board regarding their unanimous vote to recommend that the Community Centre should stay right where it is. We have a meeting scheduled with the City Manager at the end of February to discuss this issue. We will certainly announce the essence of this meeting.

The Vancouver Park Board is in the process of establishing a new Joint Operating Agreement. This JOA is the operating document by which we run our Community Center in conjunction with Park Board. The Park Board is hoping this document will be in place by Spring 2017. Consultation is ongoing.

As I reported earlier the financial performance of the Community Center has been largely on par with last year which was a solid year for MOCA. The Association is committed to returning a percentage of any net income back to the Community in the form of new equipment for the building and other needs.

Planning has begun for the Marpole Community Day Festival, Saturday, June 3, and for our free Music Nights in Oak Park. The Committee is planning on this year’s events being the best ever! If you are interested in being involved please let us know.
We are fortunate to have two new Board members join our Association Board. We look forward to having new voices at the table.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or inquire about volunteering.

Thank you.

Mike Burdick,
Marpole-Oakridge Community Association

The Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre is jointly operated by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and volunteer members of the Marpole-Oakridge Community Association.


Latest update on renewal and location of Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, the document below is released on June 14, 2016.

Vancouver Park Board approves existing site for new Marpole-Oakridge community centre

The Vancouver Park Board is moving forward on renewing the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre at its current location in Oak Park.

The Board approved the community centre renewal motion at a Board meeting last night.

“Marpole residents want the new centre to stay exactly where the current centre is located and the Board supports this preference,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “Renewal discussions have been taking place for 16 years so it’s past time to take action. Our goal is to break ground in two years.”

The consultation and planning process will begin immediately with funding coming from the 2016 Park Board budget. The Board will consider co-location or inclusion of a complementary service such as daycare, seniors’ centre, playing field or pool after further consultation with residents.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Park Board on Building a functional space to serve our entire community – youth, families and seniors” said Mike Burdick, - President of the Marpole-Oakridge Community Association.

The current centre was built in 1949 and is the oldest within the Park Board’s network of 24 centres. It has no rink, pool or seniors centre.

The centre is located in the middle of a rapidly growing community. Population growth, development and density increase in the Cambie corridor, as well along Oak Street, has been greater than anticipated. Three-quarters of the growth is expected to take place near the current community centre.

A Park Board 2011 feasibility study for a new community centre indicated Oak Park was the best location for a renewed facility. The park, which is 5.25 hectares in size, includes a playground, ball/roller hockey rink, basketball court, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and tennis courts.



Association Memberships

The Marpole-Oakridge Community Association (MOCA) is a registered non-profit organization and is required to maintain a membership inventory. A current membership is required to vote at the Annual General meeting (AGM), but is not required to participate in activities. The annual membership is valid Sept 1-Aug 31 and available to those 19 yrs+. You may register for a free membership on line, in person or by phone.


Board of Directors 2016-2017


  • Mike Burdick - President 
  • Norman Zottenberg - Past President
  • Albert Leung - Vice President
  • Lorna Brown - Secretary
  • Henry Liao – Treasurer
  • Corinne Kempen
  • Andy Yuen
  • Christine Snow
  • Steve Tan

Note: One of the top priorities of MOCA is the rebuilding and possible relocation of the Marpole Oakridge Community Centre.

Duties of the Board

You may contact any of the other directors at:


Board of Directors
The Marpole Oakridge Community Association Board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm. All members of the Marpole Oakridge community are welcome to attend. If you are interested in joining the Board or a Committee contact MOCA at

Second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM

First Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM

First Thursday of every month at 5:00 PM (from Fall to Spring)

NOTE: There are no committee meetings for the month of August.


The Joint Operating Agreement is intended to define the working partnership between the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and each of 20 Community Associations developed to provide recreation and leisure opportunities and to facilitate provision of community services to the residents of each community.

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Community Associations are seeking to renew and revitalize our partnership and update the master Joint Operating Agreement.


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