Queen's Park Arenex
January 13, 2017 - Queen's Park Arenex is pleased to announce the return of some of our services. Limited Gymnastics & Trampoline, Motoring Munchkins and Sports services will be offered at alternative locations. Click here for details.
January 5, 2017 Update - Queen's Park Arenex registered program customers, please note that we have cancelled all winter registered programs and credited your Parks and Recreation account. To receive a refund, please call 604.777.5121. We are currently seeking alternative location(s) that could host the Queen's Park Arenex services. As such we are in a ‘holding’ pattern with our spring programs. Updates will be offered as available. If you have questions, please call us at 604.777.5121.
Arenex Roof Collapses - Closure Announcement
December 20, 2016 - It is with sadness that the Parks and Recreation Department is announcing the loss of the Queen's Park Arenex, a gymnasium facility in Queen's Park. On Monday, December 19, 2016, around 9:40 pm, the Arenex roof and three walls collapsed. Leading up to the roof collapse, diligent Arenex staff heard cracking sounds, around 5:30 pm, and quickly evacuated the building and secured support from New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services as well as City Building Management and Engineering staff who all confirmed the roof was in jeopardy and that the building was unsafe for occupancy. As such, gas and electrical services were proactively disconnected.
When the roof and walls collapsed, it was in a controlled environment, and no one was injured.
City staff are now working to secure the building perimeter and site safety measures while structural engineers determine the best course of action. It is expected that the Arenex is not salvageable, and for safety reasons, it will need to be fully demolished in the near future. The art deco features of this old character building will be missed.
Built and opened in 1938, the Queen's Park Arenex was originally designed to host City sporting activities and cultural events. Today the building is home to the City’s very popular Flip, Flop & Fly Gymnastics and Trampoline programs, sports programs, the Shasta Trampoline Club, the Sapperton Fish and Game Club and the Queensborough Boxing Club.
After addressing immediate needs to safely secure the building, City staff will review options to fully or partly restore lost services, and updates will be offered as available. As well, all Arenex winter registered programs, services, and rentals will be cancelled. Refunds for cancelled programs and rentals will, initially, placed on customer accounts.
Updates will be posted on the City’s website as well as on social media as soon as more information is available.
A Facebook Group has also been created for the community to share their memories and photos of the Arenex.