The Future New West Aquatics & Community Centre

Welcome to the future New West Aquatics and Community Centre website – the source for information as we plan for the replacement of the Canada Games Pool (CGP) and Centennial Community Centre (CCC). These facilities are an important part of active, healthy living in New Westminster, and their replacement has been identified as a key community priority.

Call for Indigenous Public Artwork

The City of New Westminster is seeking to commission professional artist(s) to create single or multiple permanent site-specific artwork(s) that will be meaningful for Indigenous and other cultures. The intent is for the artworks to be integrated with the public realm design of the building and/or landscape of the New Westminster Aquatics and Community Centre.

Professional artists or artist teams are encouraged to submit their qualifications and letters of interest in being considered for the commission. Having experience working with project teams or in creating public art will be considered an asset.

*A professional artist is defined by the Canada Council as someone who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation or publication.

Artist(s)/artist team(s) will be chosen using a two-stage selection process: an open call for expressions of interest; and, an invitation to short-listed artists to submit a public artwork(s) proposal.

The delivery of the public art project will be integrated with the design and construction of the New Westminster Aquatics and Community Centre. The new aquatic centre is scheduled to be operational early 2022.

Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest (Phase I): September 12, 2019 – 3:00 pm

Deadline for submission of concept proposal (Phase II): January 23, 2020 – 3:00 pm

To apply, please download the full document and supporting material here.

Community Update – June 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in our most recent phase of engagement for the Future New West Aquatics and Community Centre!

Through our engagement activities in the spring of 2019 with the broad community, local Indigenous peoples, and community groups regarding privacy swims, we received feedback to further improve on the needs of the community to ensure they are reflected in the new facility.

Here’s what we heard:

  • Over 90% of respondents agree the proposed design supports the community principles of flexibility, accessibility, sustainability, social connectivity and connectivity to nature.
  • The top aquatic priorities are swimming lessons, fitness swimming and sports/training.
  • The top priorities for recreation are overwhelmingly health and fitness and enjoying sport for recreation.
  • In terms of outdoor activities for young children aged 2-9, respondents showed a preference for adventure and climbing, and youth aged 9-15 showed a strong preference for pick-up sports courts with movie nights and social seating areas.

Indigenous, LGBTQ and Muslim consultation feedback

Feedback from the Indigenous, LGBTQ and Muslim communities included:

  • Need for culturally relevant spaces and appropriate representation of Indigenous culture.
  • Safe and welcoming spaces for Indigenous people, particularly youth.
  • Decreasing barriers to access including subsidy programs for youth and low-income families.
  • Desire for privacy swims to facilitate participation in aquatic activities in a safe and inclusive environment.

For more information on the feedback received during the engagement process, please see the 2019 Community Engagement Report.