New Westminster Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that arrangements have now been finalized to relocate aquatic and fitness programs and services that were discontinued as a result of the decommissioning of the Canada Games Pool. The Canada Games Pool Fitness Centre will be moved to the Centennial Community Centre gymnasium and existing programs that were offered at the gymnasium will be relocated to nearby locations in the community. Additionally, the City’s outdoor pool season will be extended. Moody Park Outdoor Pool will open April 23, 2022 and Hume Park Outdoor Pool will open June 30, 2022. Both pools will remain open until October 10, 2022 and will offer lane swimming, swimming lessons, leisure swims and Aquafit.
Beginning February 14, 2022, group fitness programs that were previously held in the Centennial Community Centre gymnasium will be relocated to either Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park, Century House, or the River Room at Centennial Community Centre. Pickleball will move to the École Herbert Spencer Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The fitness centre is expected to open in early March once electrical infrastructure and inspections are complete. Full details on program relocation can be found at newwestcity.ca/fitness
Following the decision to decommission the Canada Games Pool, Parks and Recreation engaged the community to seek feedback on extending the outdoor pool season. The survey results spoke clearly to a community preference to extend the operating season with 83% of respondents indicating they would attend a swim program should Moody Park Outdoor Pool open in mid-April. In response to survey feedback, staff will be exploring options to include semi-permanent tent structures to provide cover and shelter for the public and staff.