Delbrook Community Recreation Centre

The new Delbrook Community Recreation Centre at 851 West Queens Road is now complete, and features:

  • three levels of recreation, cultural, and community spaces
  • an aquatic facility featuring a six lane swimming pool, separate and fully accessible leisure pool, and hot tub
  • a large gymnasium, weight room, and fitness studio, and two convertible squash/raquetball courts
  • a series of multi-use rooms for community programs and rental space, pottery and arts and crafts studios, and administration offices

Information about facilities and programs

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture is conducting a phased opening of the new centre between May and July, 2017. Visit their website to learn more about facilities and programs, and when they will be available. 

View NVRC's phased opening schedule

News and updates

May 10, 2017 — Phased opening begins

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture will begin a phased opening of the New Delbrook Centre on Wednesday, May 10, with the opening of the fitness centre and weight room. Other facilities will open, and programs will be phased in, over the following weeks.

September 2016 —  Timing of opening confirmed

The new centre will open to the public in spring of 2017, with registered programs planned to start in summer 2017. 

January 2016 — Work on the pool area

While we continue to erect the steel frame and roof deck for the centre, we're also preparing to waterproof the pool area. 

December 2015 — Mobile crane placement

We're placing a mobile crane in the parking lane on West Queens Road. The crane will lift structural steel onto the site and will be in place until mid-January. Two-way traffic will be maintained, but watch for slight traffic pattern changes. Please drive cautiously and watch for pedestrians.  

September 2015 — Adding supports

We've reached a new milestone with construction: structural steel columns are being added to the new concrete shell. This work will continue for several months.

August 2015 — Walls are going up

We’re starting to put up the concrete walls on the south/west side of the building. We’re also getting ready to pour the concrete around the pool and main level flooring.

July 2015 — Progress continues

We’re making progress as we continue the lower level slab work for the pool area, and change rooms, weight room and gymnasium. Long steel trusses for the pool area are starting to arrive on site.

March, 2015 — Excavation is complete

Things are starting to take shape at the construction site! Excavation is now complete, so expect less truck traffic on West Queens Road. We're also preparing to pour the concrete slab foundation. Watch for a second, taller crane to be installed during the last week of March.

January 16, 2015 — First crane installed

The first of two tower cranes was delivered and installed this week. This first crane is 36m high, has a jib 65m long, and can lift 12,000 kg. It will be used to place and erect building components for the west side of the new facility.

December, 2014 — Excavation continues

Excavation will be finished in a few weeks, and we're also preparing to erect two large tower cranes. The first one will be installed during the first week of January, and the second one a few weeks after that. These cranes will be used to form and pour concrete for the new structure. We will also be adding more parking spaces, and building a new, free-standing washroom to serve the sports field.

Construction photos

Our progress, in photos

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Opening schedule 

As with any large scale construction project, delays can happen. We are making every effort to ensure the facility will meet the highest quality standards, and be available for public use, as soon as possible.

Building opening

Based on a mid-February completion date, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture (NVRC) will begin a gradual opening in the spring. Specific dates will be announced as we get closer to the date.

You will be invited to celebrate the opening with tours, events, and special activities that will showcase the facility's amazing design and amenities, and encourage participation in the Centre's new programs and services.

Pool and fitness facilities 

We will announce specific opening dates as we get closer. The services will be available in the new center as soon as systems are tested and the facility is ready to welcome the community.

Start of registered programs

A full range of registered programs (such as swimming lessons, fitness, sports) are scheduled to begin in July, 2017. All registered programs for this winter and coming spring will take place at their current locations, including the existing Delbrook Community Recreation Centre.

A closer look at our new building

The new recreation centre has 96,488 square feet of space spread over three floors (not including underground parking). Here are some of its most significant features:

Building layout 

The main floor includes:

  • reception area
  • two-storey lobby with viewing area to the pool, weight room, and gym areas
  • Central Booking Office
  • community centre staff offices

The upper floor includes:

  • Call Centre
  • administration offices

Design and architecture

The new Delbrook’s design is inspired by light and our natural environment with lots of glass and wood (natural and faux). 

The building is uniquely situated on a slope that goes from the northeast corner down 10 metres to the southwest corner.  Interior spaces have been configured to maximize light and views out to the park land south of the building.


We consulted with the North Vancouver Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (ACDI)  to make sure the new center is accessible. 

Public art

There are three public art pieces in the new centre:

  • ‘Salmon Cycle’ — an interactive sculpture that uses water as propulsion. 
  • ‘Hydrosphere’ — a sculpture made of tinted glass pieces that play with and reflect light 
  • A special design on the lobby floor that looks like leaf impressions, with veins of the leaves representing pathways and streets in the community

An overview of the recreation facilities

Aquatics facility

The new aquatics facility includes:

  • six lane, 25 metre pool with a 3 metre diving board and a 1 metre diving board
  • leisure tank with zero depth entry and warmer water for multi-generational use, including a zone for games and aquasize classes
  • moving current channel for recreational use
  • male, female, and family change rooms, and a private accessible change room for people with disabilities

The pool water treatment system uses the most modern technology with chlorine as the primary disinfection system (required by the BC Health Act), and ultra-violet light as the secondary system.

Fitness studio and weight room

The new Weight Room and stretch area is located on the lower floor beside the aquatic area and a Fitness Studio is directly across the corridor.  This space is bigger than the fitness centre in the old William Griffin centre and approximately the same square footage as the current Delbrook fitness centre.   

The Fitness Studio will be used for a wide range of drop-in and registered fitness programs. 

There is also a multi-purpose room on the lower floor that is similar to the current Delbrook’s Tamarack room and allows for a range of recreation and cultural activities and events. 

Additional spaces in the centre will also be used for health and wellness programs and activities.

Sport courts and gymnasium

There are two convertible squash/racquetball courts on the lower floor, as well as a full sized gym with six badminton courts and basketball hoops that are adjustable for children.

Additional program spaces

The new facility also includes:

  • Pre-school area — There is space for Delbrook’s licensed preschool, which will include an outdoor playground space with natural play features and interactive, musical pieces
  • Youth space — There is multipurpose youth space located on the lower floor that will be used for youth programs, activities, and events
  • Seniors — There is multipurpose space that can be used for seniors and other programs, as well as a non-commercial community kitchen 
  • Pottery and crafts studio — A pottery studio with kiln room and an arts & crafts studio are on the upper floor
  • Meeting rooms and rentals — Many of the multipurpose rooms and spaces will be available for rentals, with bookings managed by North Vancouver Recreation & Culture’s Central Booking Office

    A full listing of rental opportunities will be made available closer to the building’s opening.

Getting here

  • Transit — We promote alternative transportation (transit, walking, biking) as part of our Official Community Plan (OCP). The new centre is within one block of eastbound and westbound bus stops on West Queens Road
  • Parking — There is an accessible, well–lit underground parking lot with space for 110 vehicles. We are also expanding the outdoor parking for the William Griffin artificial turf field southwest of the Centre, which will have space for 133 vehicles (shared with field and trail users)

Project Consultants

CEI Architecture

CEI Architecture is among Canada’s leading architects for sports and recreation facilities, with offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna. Their portfolio includes community centres, ice arenas, fitness centres, libraries, and aquatics facilities.

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Pivotal is an internationally recognized project management firm that provides innovative solutions to the development and construction industries in both the public and private sector.

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Stuart Olsen

Stuart Olsen is an integrated construction and industrial solutions company that provides general contracting and construction management services

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Project overview

In 2006, the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission, on behalf of the District and City of North Vancouver, undertook a comprehensive study to assess current indoor recreation facilities and services and to identify future community recreation needs.

An Indoor Recreation Facility Plan was developed, based on extensive research and public input. Included in the plan's recommendations is the consolidation of William Griffin and Delbrook Community Recreation Centres.

Gathering feedback from the public

Further public and stakeholder input was gathered through Fall 2011 and an open house was held in the Spring of 2012. This process gathered feedback on the proposed amenities for the new facility, including a swimming pool, gymnasium, racquet courts, fitness, multi-purpose, community and administrative space. Feedback from the open house was incorporated into the final space plan recommendations that were reviewed and approved by District Council in June 2012.