The Richmond Arenas Community Association (RACA) was constituted in 1991 and began to fulfill its role of “jointly operating” City of Richmond arena facilities on January 1, 1992. Formation of RACA was initiated by the City 1990-91 in an effort to bring to arena operations, the same commitment to community and stakeholder involvement as other city-supported recreation facilities. The model in place is very much the same as the historic arrangements at the City’s eight community centres.
The theory of: “When people who have an interest in, or are influenced by decision making of an organization, get to participate directly in the process, better decisions are made…” is the driving ideal behind RACA. RACA is a not-for-profit society with members being the regular users of the facilities most notably the community sport organizations which use rinks for their activities and events. RACA’s Board of Directors is made up of representatives of all of the users.
The Society Purposes drive the activities of RACA. They are as they have been since inception:
Adhering to these purposes since 1991, RACA has guided arena operations in Richmond from the time of two rinks at Minoru Park through the two stage development of six rinks at the Richmond ice Centre in the mid 1990s and the use of considerable ice time from the City owned, Richmond Olympic Oval.