təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre

65 E Sixth Ave, New Westminster, BC V3L 4G6 See our arrival guide.

NOTICE: Watermain Replacement Work may impact traffic around təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre, July 16 - August 9. Details


604.777.5100

Hours of operation

Mon - Fri: 5:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am -10:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am - 8:30 pm

Holiday Hours are updated for holidays and long weekends.

Drop-in Schedules

Community Centre
- fitness centre, two gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms, community gathering spaces

Aquatic Centre
- an eight-lane 50 m pool, with dive tank and adjustable height floor
- a leisure pool with leisure lanes, a lazy river, spray features, tot zone and gradual entry
- family hot tub, adult hot tub, steam room, sauna, and viewing area
- universal and gendered change areas
- free lockers

təməsew̓txʷ is the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ word for “sea otter house.” Read more about the development project.

STAFF:

  • , Manager, Recreation Services and Facilities
  • , Program Manager, Aquatics
  • , Program Coordinator, Aquatics
  • , Program Coordinator, Health and Wellness
  • Program Manager, Fitness, Wellness and Sport Service
  • Last update July 9, 2024.

    Since the phased opening of təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre on April 29, we’ve collected several messages with your comments and feedback.

    We’re listening! Below are the most common issues raised and what we are doing to address them. 

    Over the next few weeks and months we will continue to address deficiencies and make adjustments to our processes. However, some changes will take longer than others to put in place and we ask that you remain patient.

     

    COMPLETED CHANGES

    1. Limited Water Pressure
      We’ve increased the water pressure in the change room and on-deck showers!
    2. Parking
      Lines in the first parking lot have been updated where possible. Our second parking lot is now open!
    3. Room Temperatures
      Most issues with balancing the air temperatures in rooms throughout the facility have been addressed and we are continuing to be monitored and tweaked.
    4. Cleaner Change Rooms
      We have monitored the use of the change rooms and adjusted our staffing schedule to improve cleanliness. We will continue to monitor this.
    5. Change Room Showers
      Temperatures have been adjusted.
    6. Adjustable Depth Portion of the Lap Pool
      Now that our bulkheads have been installed our adjustable height floor and accessible stairs in the shallow end are ready for use. This area is available for lane swimming, water running, and shallow aquafit. Additionally, there is now more space for swimming lessons and aquafit classes. Ongoing training of staff for bulkhead transitions is taking place.
    7. Check-in for Sports & other Drop-in Programs
      We’ve added a card system for drop-in programs and are evaluating as we go. Cashiers and Sport Attendants are being trained to make check-ins more efficient. This process is being evaluated over the coming months as we look to better support drop-in sport programs.

     

    CHANGES COMING SOON

    It’s going to get hot in here! We’re waiting on a new part that will keep the temperature at the correct set point. The part is on backorder. Expected completion Fall 2024.

    1. Personal Storage
      There are plenty of free lockers in the universal change space by the pool but we’ve heard the request for additional spaces to store or place personal items. Hooks are being added to the back of change room stalls and doors, a water bottle shelf by the sauna, and hooks and cubbies in the lap pool area. Expected completion July 15, 2024.
    2. Sauna Temperature

     

    WHAT WE CAN’T FIX QUITE YET

    1. On Deck Shower Water temperatures
      The current fixtures were not installed to accommodate different temperatures. We are optimistic we can add a cooler option to the showers near the sauna and steam room. We do not have a timeline on this work and will share more as we get more information on the scope and next steps.
    2. Water fountains
      Due to the limited wall space, we are looking at the feasibility of adding a water fountain system near the sauna and steam room.

     

    Thank you for your help and understanding as we settle into our new facility.

    If you have feedback, please email 

  • Arrival Guide

    Parking, Transit, Walking & Cycling

    Vehicles & Parking 

    Vehicle access to the facility is from Cumberland Street at East Seventh Avenue, and from East Sixth Avenue at Glenbrook Drive. 256 spots are available in the north lot, plus 125 stalls in the south lot (including six accessible ones). A pick-up/drop-off area is available near the south entrance.

    Please arrive early to secure parking before activities, or consider transit, carpooling, walking, or cycling.  

    Nearby Transit Stops 

    The facility is served by two bus routes, the #105 and #155 buses, with stops near the facility. Depending on which entrance you wish to access, you can choose the most convenient route. 
     
    Nearest Stops to South Entrance 
    Westbound E Sixth Avenue @ Glenbrook Drive

    105 New West Station 
    155 22nd St Station via Hospital 
    Stop #58947 

    Eastbound E Sixth Avenue @ Glenbrook Drive 
    105 Uptown 
    155 Braid Station via Hospital 
    Stop #53593 

    Nearest Stops to North Entrance 
    Northbound Cumberland Street @ E Seventh Avenue 
    105 Uptown 
    Stop #58740 

    Southbound Cumberland Street @ E Seventh Avenue 
    105 New West Station 
    Stop #52324 
     
    Walking and Cycling 

    Pedestrians and cyclists can access both the south and north entrances, with bike racks available at each. 

    South Entrance Access 
    Rotary Crosstown Greenway 
    McBride Boulevard 
    East Seventh Avenue 
    East Sixth Avenue 

    North Entrance Access 
    Rotary Crosstown Greenway 
    East Seventh Avenue

     

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    The indigenous knowledge-keepers included in the naming consultation process asked specifically that the city not anglicize or include a phonetic translation to show respect to the original language and provide active learning.

    We acknowledge there will be a period of learning and that it will take time before təməsew̓txʷ becomes part of our everyday vocabulary.

    Learn more

  • When will programs be available and when am I able to register?
    View the 2024 Spring Active Living Guide, (available March 7) to review programs activities.

    Program registration will begin at 10:00 am March 14 for New Westminster residents, and March 15 for everyone else.

    Why are there so few aquatics programs this spring?

    Between May and June, a limited number of aquatics programs at təməsew̓txʷ will be scheduled to allow staff to evaluate and refine operations and offerings at the new facility. Look out for more programs and fuller schedule in the Summer Active Living Guide available in May.
     
    What are the pool features?
    • Eight lane 50-metre lap pool
    • Diving boards: 1 & 3-metre spring board and 5-metre platform
    • Leisure pool with 3 swim lanes, lazy river, various water features, family and adult hot pools (ramp, transfer ledge, or lift), tot zone, and beach entry.
    • Steam room and sauna
    • Accessible gendered and universal change rooms with access to a motorized adult change table.
     
    What are the community centre features?
    • Active rehabilitation and wellness spaces
    • Fitness studios for group fitness, and cycle classes
    • Expansive fitness centre featuring cardio, weights, stretching, and functional training areas
    • Two gymnasiums for multiple sport activities
    • Multi-purpose rooms for community recreation programs, meeting spaces, and special events
    • Community gathering spaces
    • Accessible universal washrooms and accessible change room with motorized adult change table
       

    Is there a playground?

    There are two playgrounds. Both will generally be open to the public, with the exception of the playground for children aged 0-5, situated adjacent to the childcare space. This playground will be closed to the public during daytime hours (about 1-2 hours a day) when in use by the childcare facility. Clear signage will indicate when this area is closed to the public.

    What are the change spaces like?

    Accessible gendered and universal change rooms will be available with lockers, private change stalls and showers, with soap provided. Two fully accessible change stalls with adjustable adult change tables are located in the universal change room and recreation side by the gymnasium on the first floor.
     
    Do I need a coin or my own lock for lockers?
     
    Lockers located in the accessible gendered and universal Aquatics change rooms are free and do not require a coin or a personal lock. Simply place items in the locker, lift handle, push locker closed, lower handle to close the locker, turn the key and remove.
     
    Wallet lockers located near the gymnasiums are $0.25 for use. Gymnasium and Fitness Centre users are welcome to use the free lockers in the Aquatics area.
     
    Can I bring food with us to the pool?
     
    Food is not allowed on the pool deck or change areas. Space is available in the community living room to enjoy food and drink after your activity.
     
    Will the pool(s) use chlorine?
     
    Yes. A pre-swim shower helps to eliminate perspiration, body oils, and bacteria from entering the water. When you wash away the impurities, the chlorine in the pool doesn’t have to work as hard, leaving the water cleaner and the air we breathe fresher.
    Learn more about how to Keep it Fresh!
     
    How will the facility be more accessible?
     
    • The facility design and features following Rick Hansen Foundation Gold Accessibility certification which considers people of differing levels of physical mobility, as well as addresses gender and cultural sensitivities.
    • Accessible designated parking spaces, including provisions for van parking on both sides of the facility.
    • The pools will provide a range of access types including beach entry, ramp entry, transfer edge and lift, including ramps into the leisure pool and family hot pool.
    • Intermittent and dispersed seating in lobby, corridors, and viewing areas.
    • Accessible washrooms, showers, and change rooms.
    • Evacuation chair for stair area of refuge.
    • A variety of accessible fitness equipment to accommodate users with a variety of mobility needs.
     
    What sports can I play in the gymnasiums?
     
    The gymnasium will house many types of sports including but not limited to volleyball, basketball, badminton, pickleball, soccer, martial arts, etc.
     
    How many Pickleball courts are there?
     
    There are 4 pickleball courts. Three in the large gymnasium and one in the small gymnasium. The courts are designed to allow ample space for safety and competition style play.
     
    When will rental space be available to book?
     
    Requests for single booking rentals for parties and gatherings will be accepted April 29 for events taking place June 2 and beyond. Online booking is not available. Please contact the facility directly: 604.777.5100.
     
    Rental Space Application forms for seasonal rental space (sport groups, schools, organizations) are available now for booking beginning in June.
     
     
    How can I register my child for the new childcare facility?
     
    The new licensed child care program at təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre will be operated by the YMCA and will be able to accommodate 37 infant, toddler, and preschool-aged children. The centre anticipates opening in May 2024.
     
    Sea Otter YMCA Child Care Centre will be a licensed early years child care program led by professional Early Childhood Educators. The program follows the YMCA’s Playing to Learn curriculum, which provides children with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive while enjoying a safe and welcoming environment.

    Learn more

    Join the waitlist
  • Requests for single booking rentals for parties and gatherings - call the facility directly: 604.777.5100.
     
    Request to book regular, weekly rental space (e.g. pool, gymnasium, multipurpose room) is available for non-profit organizations, public schools, or commercial groups. Please book online: 
     
    Questions? Email 

     

    Rental Spaces Available

    Room

    Capacity

    NW Youth
    Groups

    Non-Profit&
    Individuals

    Business

    Meeting Room 1A

    Up to 25

    $10.20

    $14.28

    $40.80

    Meeting Room 2A

    Up to 25

    $10.20

    $14.28

    $40.80

    Multipurpose 1D

    Up to 25

    $10.20

    $14.28

    $40.80

    Multipurpose 2A

    Up to 25

    $10.20

    $14.28

    $40.80

    Multipurpose 2B

    Up to 25

    $10.20

    $14.28

    $40.80

     

     

     

     

     

    Multipurpose 1A

    Up to 75

    $14.34

    $20.08

    $57.36

    Multipurpose 1B

    Up to 75

    $14.34

    $20.08

    $57.36

    Multipurpose 1C

    Up to 75

    $14.34

    $20.08

    $57.36

    Fitness Studio 2B

    Up to 75

    $14.34

    $20.08

    $57.36

    Multipurpose 2A/2B

    Up to 75

    $14.34

    $20.08

    $57.36

     

     

     

     

     

    Multipurpose 1

    Up to 125

    $22.17

    $31.03

    $88.66

    Fitness Studio 2C

    Up to 125

    $22.17

    $31.03

    $88.66

    Small Gym

    Up to 350

    $39.53

    $55.34

    $158.10

     

     

     

     

     

    Large Gym

    Up to 500

    $49.05

    $68.66

    $196.18

     

     

     

     

     

    Pool Lanes 25m

     

    $14.00

    $17.50

    $35.00

    Pool Lanes 25m

    SD #40

    $10.50

     

     

     

  • Childcare

    Hourly & full time care options.

    Childminding Service
    Receive child care while participating in services at tәmәseẃtxw Aquatic and Community Centre. Children are supervised during unstructured play in the playroom. See the Active Living Guide for seasonal hours.
    Childminding Fee: $6.00 per hour

    Sea Otter YMCA Child Care Centre
    Run by an independent service, this is an early years child care program led by professional Early Childhood Educators. This is not a drop-in service. Families interested in registering their children can learn more at www.gv.ymca.ca/child-care

  • Swimming Lessons: Breaking Waves Swim Program

    Lessons for all ages and abilities

    Please note: With the opening of təməsew̓txʷ Acquatic and Community Centre this year, Hume Park and Moody Park Outdoor Pools will not open this spring and will resume regular opening dates from July to early September. The outdoor facilities will operate at full capacity for leisure swims and swimming lessons in July and August, alongside lessons at təməsew̓txʷ. 

    About the Curriculum:

    The step by step progressions teach:

    • Strong rotational skill to learn to get in and out of breathing position.
    • How to find balance in the water to produce less struggle.
    • Practice techniques to create strong muscle memory.

    About Breaking Waves:

    The Breaking Waves Swim Program teaches children to progressively and successfully learn to swim. Customer feedback, years of staff experience, and current information around the science of swimming are build into the program.

    Students experience success through progressive skill development in a positive and supportive learning environment. The program

    • Creates a beneficial learning environment. Lessons run at times with limited competing programs.
    • Invest in our instructors. Knowing that a program is only as strong as the deliver, instructor's receive professional development throughout their career with us.

    About Assistant Program Coordinators:

    There is always an Assistant Program Coordinator available to assist parents or students in any way needed. They provide:

    • Customer Service
    • Develop staff skills and knowledge
    • Ensure program consistency.

    Registration Information

    • Lesson participants can only register for one lesson set at a time. This ensures customers meet all level prerequisites and have the best possible experience.
    • Not sure what level to register into next? You can conveniently check your online account by going to My Profile > My Info > Activity Outcomes. This grade determines what level is next. Grades are viewable the morning of Registration Day. Registration opens at 8:30 am.
    • Late registrations: Participants must be registered by the third class.

    Unsure of swim level?

    Free swim evaluations are offered during any of our Public Swim times. One of our lifeguards will be happy to do an assessment of your child which takes approximately 5 minutes.

    Upon completion of the assessment you will receive a piece of paper with the assessed level which you must bring to the front desk to register.

    Moving from Tots to Preschool age, or Preschool to School age lessons? Here's our transfer chart.

     

    Register Online

  • Red Cross Lesson & Swim for Life Transfer Chart

    Transition your lessons to or from another municipality.

    Many local municipalities, such as Burnaby and Coquitlam, follow the Red Cross swim program which differs from the New Westminster swim program you may be used to.

    We recommend contacting the facility you are registered with, especially if a child has not been swimming for a while, to confirm all necessary requirements. Swim assessments may be required, and are available at no cost for most programs, to ensure you are registering for the correct level. To get started with your transition, please see the chart below. 

    What is my New Westminster swim level? You can find your recommended New Westminster swim level in your online account by going to My Profile > My Info > Activity Outcomes.

    Red Cross & Swim For Life to Breaking Waves Lesson Transfer Chart (PDF)