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Burnaby Lake Aquatic & Arena Facility

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The City of Burnaby plans to replace the aging CG Brown Pool and Burnaby Lake Arena facilities with new aquatic and multi-sport arena facilities on the same site within the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. The goal is to design the best-possible facility to meet the community’s needs today and into the future.

Public Survey and Needs Assessment Now Complete

Burnaby residents have now had the chance to tell us what is important to them as we move forward with a plan to replace the aging CG Brown and Burnaby Lake Arena facilities. The feedback we received — along with a wider needs assessment study completed earlier this year — has helped shape our plans for the new facility.

What's Next?

The project team will develop a preliminary design for the site, which will then be reviewed by the public and City Council. This phase is anticipated to be complete in the first quarter of 2020.

There will be more opportunities for the public to provide their feedback as the project progresses. This page will continue to be updated as those dates are finalized. 

Open House Display Boards

Thank you to those who attended our open house on November 6, 2019. We shared the findings of the needs assessment study and information about potential future spaces and programs. 

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Designed and built in the early 1960s, CG Brown Memorial Pool and Burnaby Lake Arena have reached the end of their useful life. They no longer meet today’s public expectations for civic amenities.
The project development, feasibility and design work for the new facility is expected to take approximately 18 months, taking us through 2020. The project budget is being developed during this phase.
Construction is expected to begin in 2021, with completion in 2024. 

Public Survey and Needs Assessment

In June and early July, we reached more than 1200 people through a survey asking what people would like to see in this new facility. Through an open house and direct engagement by City staff at local events like Canada Day and Hats Off Day, we also received input from a significant number of residents from across the City. This input was extremely valuable, and has helped us refine the vision, and develop the program for the new Burnaby Lake Aquatic & Arena facility. 

A needs assessment study was completed in July 2019. The data-driven process examined the city’s current service levels, and projected demand for these types of facilities into the future. This data — in conjunction with the input we received from the public — has guided our work thus far on the project.

Broadly supported principles arising out of the public consultation and wider needs assessment process included the following:

  • Aquatics facilities: More and larger aquatics facilities that reflect the varying needs of the community.
  • Multi-use and flexible: A multi-use aquatic and arena facility that is a family-friendly facility for all ages and abilities, but also supports fitness and sports excellence.
  • Enhanced programming: Additional swim lesson capacity, and fitness facilities and classes.
  • Connection to the natural setting: Utilize the proximity to Burnaby Lake and the associated trails for socialization and recreation opportunities. 

About the New Facility

Following input from public consultation and the needs assessment, the following working* facility program has been established for the Burnaby Lake Aquatics and Arena project:

  • an NHL sized arena pad with five change rooms, support offices, a multi-purpose room, storage, ice resurfacing, mechanical, electrical and refrigeration rooms, a skate shop, and 200 spectator seats;
  • an aquatics facility that includes a leisure pool, hot pools, sauna and steam rooms, a 50 m (10 lane) tank with two bulkheads and a moveable floor, a secondary 25 m (6 lane) with a moveable floor, a multi-purpose room, support offices, change rooms, recreational diving, and 750 spectator seats; and
  • supporting amenities, including a large lobby, multi-purpose rooms, a commercial retail unit and concession services, sports hall of fame display area, a community fitness centre, general storage, and both childminding and childcare services. 

These facilities would be in addition to Bill Copeland Sports Centre, which will remain on site and be integrated within the new development. 

*Please note the working facility program is subject to City Council review and approval.