In West Vancouver, community centers are becoming civic hubs for residents. The amenities include an outdoor pool, multi-use meeting and activity rooms, and group fitness classes. The building industry measures project success by meeting schedules and budgets, as well as environmental and performance standards. Community centres in West Vancouver have become a valuable civic asset for thousands of residents.
The Atrium at West Vancouver Community Centre is a stunning addition to the adjacent Aquatic Centre. It features a striking tri-tone facade and a multi-purpose hall, art studio, and dance and fitness studio. The center also includes a youth centre, teen centre, and a community lounge.
The Atrium is a transparent, welcoming gateway, linking the Aquatic Centre and Community Centre buildings. The atrium can function as either a formal gathering space, or a casual passageway between buildings. With its civic scale, it creates a space that is truly open to the public.
The multipurpose Atrium West Vancouver Community Centre is home to a number of community amenities, including a fitness room, daycare services, and a coffee shop. Other features of the building include meeting rooms, a performance venue, and a gymnasium. The center was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification for its design and construction.
The building’s design incorporates a variety of eco-friendly touches to reduce water and energy consumption. The space has solar panels and a rainwater irrigation system. Patrons are asked to pay a yearly fee, which supports the community center’s sustainability efforts. Its plumbing system is designed to save 62,000 gallons of water a year, while over two-thirds of its electricity is generated from renewable sources.
The project has been a collaborative effort between the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, the West End Community Centre Association, and the Vancouver Public Library. Community members are a key part of the project planning process, as they help shape the design of the facility. The project also takes into account future needs of the neighbourhood.
Multi-use meeting and activity rooms
The multi-use meeting and activity rooms at West Vancouver Community Centres are intended to accommodate a wide variety of events. The facilities include two gyms, a multi-use meeting room, an aerobics room, youth centre and lobby, and are equipped with a multizone paging system. These rooms can accommodate ten to fifty people and are ideal for local events.
The West Vancouver Community Centre was designed with ambitious goals in mind. It consolidated disparate facilities, provided a front door to a recreation campus, and aggressively addressed social health and environmental innovation. It also defined a distinctive role in the city’s social fabric. The West Vancouver Community Centre has a long history of civic engagement and physical wellness.
The District of West Vancouver’s outdoor pools are now open again for swimming sessions. They are usually open Monday through Saturday, and Sunday until 4 p.m. Drop-ins are permitted, but registration is required for most programs. The only exceptions to the drop-in policy are fitness centre workout sessions, and public skating.
The West Vancouver Aquatic and Community Centres were designed with a new community wellness vision in mind. The Centres offer community recreation, arts, and social services, as well as a full-service community health centre. The vision for the new facilities includes more indoor and outdoor pools for the community.
The Aquatic Centre features one of the city’s most modern and well-appointed swimming pools. This award-winning facility features an indoor/outdoor pool, six lanes of lap swimming, and a 60-metre waterslide. A sauna and steam room are also available for use. There are also wheelchair-accessible showers and an outdoor patio area.
The Hillcrest Community Centre, which opened just in time for the 2010 Olympics, also has a swimming pool. The centre has three different types of pools: a leisure pool, an indoor lap pool, and an outdoor leisure pool. The proposed additional outdoor pool would be located northeast of the existing one. It would replace open grassy areas and pedestrian pathways leading to the community centre. The new pool would also share the community centre’s parking lot.
Group fitness classes
A COVID-19 outbreak has been discovered in a West Vancouver senior’s community centre, suspending swimming and skating activities until the virus is eradicated. It is the result of a fitness class where a senior participant tested positive for the virus. Close family and friends of the person have been notified and certain areas have been extra cleaned. Although the senior’s community centre is still open, the District has suspended all indoor group fitness programs for two weeks.
Several community centres in the West Vancouver area offer group fitness classes. These include Zumba, Pilates, Yoga and CycleFit. Some centres also offer special programs for older adults, such as SAC Fitness Programs. These are available at a drop-in rate, and some centres also rent out rooms for public swims. Some classes require registration, though, so it is important to check the schedule to make sure it’s the right one for you.
West Vancouver community centres offer inexpensive drop-in classes for aquafit and other fitness classes. Drop-in rates are $6.90 per adult and $5.90 per student, and include unlimited use of the pool, fitness equipment, and yoga classes. Other classes include sculpting step and Pilates.
The Kerrisdale Community Centre has an indoor pool and hosts Aquafit classes for all ages. The pool is also open to the public from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is equipped with a diving board, rope swing, and hot tub. The center also offers a sauna and a hot tub.
Children with physical disabilities can participate in these classes. The district works with Vancouver Coastal Health and the West Vancouver School District to offer special programs designed for children with disabilities. The program focuses on developing each child’s abilities at their own pace. Individual goals are set, and they gain confidence and improve their flexibility and coordination.
The West Vancouver Community Centre also offers indoor group fitness classes and social rentals. The city will refund or credit customers for classes that are canceled. The pool and weight room will continue to operate. The affected activities will be rescheduled at a later date. Most other activities will continue as usual.
Public art installation
The public art installation at West Vancouver Community Centres is designed to evoke unstructured play and be a talking point for children and adults alike. The sculptures evoke childhood curiosity, the wonder of nature, and the importance of acceptance, even of those we may not know.
The piece was created by Brent Comber, a North Shore artist. The committee wanted to commission a piece that embodied the spirit of West Vancouver. Brent Comber was approached by the committee and offered to contribute two large tree stump pieces. The committee approved the installation at its Dec. 14 general meeting.
The public art installation will be located on the exterior of the West Vancouver Community Centre, next to the existing water fountain. The fountain is popular with the community during the summer months, with people sitting outside and children playing around it. The project will engage the community and reflect the essence of the neighbourhood.
The Public Art Program commissions and supports contemporary artists through public art. The initiative provides opportunities for collaboration with artists, design professionals, and diverse communities. The project at West Vancouver Community Centre is a unique collaboration between a local artist and the community. Public Art Vancouver works with various groups and agencies to commission new works that will enhance the public space.
Among many other things, David A. Grantham is a contributing author to UmassExtension West Vancouver Blo. He is a renowned expert on real estate in BC.
Born in North Vancouver, Louisiana, Dr. Grantham grew up in Lower Lonsdale. He then went on to complete his business degree at the University British Columbia. As of this writing, Grantham has completed over 100 projects, including the development of a high rise building in Vancouver.
He is a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was a dedicated outdoorsman and enjoyed sports such as hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and snow skiing. His wife, Alison Grantham, and their two daughters survived him. He is survived by his wife Alison Martin Grantham and two daughters.