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Construction 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.

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Construction Overview

The new aquatics and community centre will be built where the Sixth Avenue parking lot is currently located. This site location was selected to allow for Canada Games Pool and Centennial Community Centre to remain open during construction. Additionally, this site accounts for other site constraints including the presence of a large diameter Metro Vancouver sewer main that traverses the site.

Safety is a top priority throughout construction. To ensure the safety of the public, we ask that everyone obey all construction signage and access facilities from designated entrances only. Please note that as construction progresses, restricted areas may change or move.

Programs & Services

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.

Access

Pedestrians can access the existing facilities from East Sixth Avenue near the east lawn, from Cumberland Street, and from the JIBC parking lot.

There will be no access to Centennial Community Centre from the south entrance during construction. All users will need to use the north entrance near the playground.

Phase 1 – Site Servicing and Utility Relocation

Impacts:

  • Fencing to be installed and site secured
  • Decommissioning of sports field and associated lighting
  • Service relocate works on East Sixth Avenue and Cumberland Street for provision of temporary utility and power connections to Canada Games Pool and Centennial Community Centre

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. New Westminster City Council will re-evaluate the situation and provide further direction on construction timelines in fall 2020.

During construction, there will be no access to the Sixth Avenue parking lot.

On-site parking is available in the Cumberland Street parking lot. Parking is limited to three hours and will be strictly enforced.

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.

We encourage you to consider alternate modes of transportation such as walking, cycling, transit, and carpooling.

Alternate Parking

On street Parking is available on Cumberland Street in both directions

Parking is also available at the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) Monday to Friday, from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm, and Saturday to Sunday, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. The JIBC Parking lot can be accessed from Eighth Avenue or McBride Boulevard. A pedestrian pathway is located at the eastern edge of the parking lot and connects to the Cumberland Street lot behind Canada Games Pool.