Construction Update – December 2023

It’s clear that the construction of təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre is in the home stretch as all the spaces are becoming more fully realized!

All areas of the building are close to complete and staff are busy preparing for the opening next spring. Click here to read the full update.    

Childcare Facility Update

The City of New Westminster is in the process of finalizing the lease for a licensed childcare operator. We anticipate that an announcement will be made in January. At that time, an update will be posted on our website with the operator’s name and a link to their website where information regarding their services and registration procedures can be found.

Employment Opportunities Coming in 2024

We are seeking individuals ready to contribute their skills to a dynamic team of staff at the new state-of-the-art təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre.

Some of the positions include:

  • Lifeguards
  • Swimming instructors
  • Cashier Attendants
  • Facility Clerks
  • Recreation Instructors
  • Building Service Workers
  • Pool Service Workers
  • Fitness Instructors
  • Day Camp Leaders

Employment postings will begin in January at

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Explore The Project

The new 10,644 square metre aquatic and community centre has been carefully designed to meet the needs and priorities of our community. Informed by the findings from the public engagement process, along with a demand study, the new facility integrates principles of flexibility, accessibility, sustainability, social connection and connectivity to nature.

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About Our Name

The City of New Westminster is pleased to announce that the name of the new aquatic and community centre in New Westminster will be təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre. The name is the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ word for “sea otter house.”

The name was selected by a Naming Advisory Panel comprised of representatives from local First Nations and urban Indigenous representatives. The name təməsew̓txʷ is a combination of two words: “təməs” – meaning: sea otter; and “ew̓txʷ” – meaning: house. Find out about the naming process, meaning and how to pronounce təməsew̓txʷ

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The new aquatics and community centre will be built adjacent to Canada Games Pool and Centennial Community Centre where the Sixth Avenue parking lot is currently located.  For more information on construction and project updates, please visit our Construction page.

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Update – June 2020

Construction & Funding Update

Construction on the New Westminster Aquatics and Community Centre will be temporarily suspended as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on municipal operations.

Key deliverables have been completed, including the design documents. As the recovery phase of the pandemic continues to evolve and the financial impacts are more fully understood, New Westminster City Council will re-evaluate the situation and provide further direction on construction timelines this fall.

The City of New Westminster has also been recently informed that its grant application to the Community, Culture and Recreation Federal/Provincial bilateral funding stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) was unsuccessful.

As a result of this funding outcome, and in accordance with Council’s prior decisions regarding the project scope and its contingency upon significant grant funding, the final design has focused on the Community Recreation Facility option.  This option includes an eight-lane 50 m pool with two moveable bulkheads, a moveable floor, and spectator seating to maximize flexibility and use of this space.  This will include the ability to host local swim competitions.

Click here to read the full media release.