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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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Construction

Canada Games Pool and Centennial Community Centre will remain open during construction. All programs and services will continue as advertised during the construction period. Facility users are reminded to arrive early for lessons and programs as parking will be limited and additional time may be required to walk from alternate parking locations. Please visit our Construction page to find out more.

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Construction Update

Canada Games Pool and Centennial Community Centre will be temporarily closed on May 14 due to a planned water shut-off.

8:00 am – 3:45 pm – Facilities Closed
3:45 – 8:00 pm – Facilities Open

Reception will be available throughout the day for inquiries and registration by phone only at 604-526-4281.

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.