Queen's Park Arenex Program Updates
November 7, 2017 - Gymnastics & Trampoline programs return in April
We are pleased to announce that the full range of gymnastics and trampoline programs will be offered April to August, 2018 at the Royal City Curling Club!
Motoring Munchkins and Parent & Tot Gymnastics will also be relocated to the curling club.
Program schedules will be released in the Spring Active Living Guide February 22, 2018.
We look forward to flipping, flopping and flying with you soon!
July 11, 2017 - Gymnastics and trampoline programs to be suspended until new interim facility is built.
Due to construction commencing on New Westminster Secondary School this fall, New Westminster Parks and Recreation has announced that gymnastics and trampoline programs will be suspended after the summer session and will resume upon completion of the new interim facility that will open in Queen’s Park next year. Following the collapse of the Queen’s Park Arenex, the City was able to reinstate much of the gymnastics and trampoline programs in the Small Massey Gymnasium at New Westminster Secondary School; however, the gymnasium space will no longer be available.
“Despite our best efforts, we have determined that there are no other suitable locations to accommodate our gymnastics and trampoline programs beyond August 2017,” said Steve Kellock, Senior Manager of Recreation Services & Facilities. “While we are disappointed that we cannot offer these programs in the fall, we are committed to moving forward with the new interim gymnastics and trampoline facility as quickly as possible.”
Centennial Community Centre will continue to host the popular Motoring Munchkins preschool services, and the Vancouver Circus School will offer limited gymnastics and trampoline programming. A full comprehensive gymnastics and trampoline program will be offered at the new interim facility scheduled to be completed next year.
New Westminster City Council recently approved the development of a 24,000 square foot gymnastics and multi-sport facility in Queen’s Park to re-establish the programs and services offered at the former Queen’s Park Arenex on an interim basis. The proposed building will allow for an ongoing set-up for gymnastics and trampoline programs with additional dedicated space for the wide variety of other sports formerly offered at the Arenex.
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.