The Parks, Recreation & Culture Department consists of several divisions that support parks, recreation, special events, and arts and heritage throughout the community. This diverse department provides opportunities to enhance community connections and encourages healthy and active living through participation in sports and recreation, seasonal programs and City events for residents of all ages.
- Operate the South Bonson Community Centreand Family Recreation Centre, including the state- mmunity Drop-in Youth Centre.
- Oversee sports fields and ice rentals for regional sports and user groups.
- Manage rentals of City facilities for community groups and public use.
- Maintain the City’s parks, sports fields, trails and open spaces.
- Oversee the volunteer-based Art Gallery including the programming of a diverse range of art exhibitions, the City’s Art in Public
- Places Program, as well as arts programming and education.
- Plan and execute special and signature events including Easter FUNday!, Pitt Meadows Day, Canada Day, Remembrance Day and Christmas in Pitt Meadows.
- Oversee annual Community Service Awards
- Recognition Program and Task Force.
- Manage partnerships with Pitt Meadows Museum, Ridge Meadows Seniors Society, and Katzie First Nation.
- Manage the City’s film permitting process and provide film liaison support.
Learn more about this department's leadership:
Diane Chamberlain - Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture
As the Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Diane is responsible for the day to day operations and long term planning of Pitt Meadows outdoor spaces, trails, parks, as well as social, cultural and recreation facilities, events, programs and services.
In 1996 Diane set up the first ever Recreation Services at Pitt Meadows City Hall under Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Parks & Leisure Services. Within joint services, her roles over the years have included overseeing customer services and business operations, working with local sports organizations ensuring they have access to facilities, technology and financial management, digital media and marketing, and providing leadership by identifying needs and trends in recreation programming.
She played a key role in the renovations to the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre in 2014 and in the building of South Bonson Community Centre in 2011.
“It’s exciting to be part of a team who is guiding the social, cultural and recreational growth of the community. Our job is to develop places and experiences that build a foundation for residents of Pitt Meadows,” she says.
Diane called Maple Ridge home for her duration working under joint services. She currently lives in South Surrey with her husband, and has two sons, and one grandchild. Whether with her family or her dog, Diane enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening and exploring green space