About this project
Burnaby Lake Aquatic and Arena Facility will be a destination recreation facility that is welcoming to all — inspiring positive change within communities and the unique local environment. The new facility will encompass:
- a central entrance lobby and social space that is welcoming to all
- an NHL-sized arena pad with five change rooms, support offices, a multi-purpose room, a skate shop, and 200 spectator seats
- an aquatic facility that features the following:
- an accessible (zero barrier) entry to the 50 m pool with recreational diving facilities and features (moveable floor and bulkheads) to support a range of programs
- a zero-barrier entry to all 3 pools—the 25 m pool, leisure pool, and family-sized hot pool
- supporting on-deck and off-deck amenities including a leisure and wellness zone, sauna and steam rooms, 750 seats (550 upper seating area and 200 on-deck) with room for additional spectator seating to be brought in during large scale competitions, multi-purpose room, change rooms (accessible, universal and gender-specific) and life-guard and administrative offices and supports
- supporting amenities for the overall facility such as reception areas, multi-purpose rooms, café, sports hall of fame display area, indoor and outdoor social areas, public art, and, underground and surface parking areas
The new facilities will be designed and developed according to best practices and technical requirements and showcase Burnaby’s Green Building Policy requirements for energy efficiency.
We are replacing the CG Brown Memorial Pool and Burnaby Lake Arena with a new facility to better meet the community’s needs, today and in the future. Built in the early 1960s, the CG Brown Pool and Burnaby Lake Arena have reached the end of their useful lives and no longer satisfy community needs and expectations.
The existing facilities will be replaced with a new facility on the same site, located at 3676 Kensington Avenue. The new facility will be integrated with the existing Bill Copeland Sports Centre and will form part of the overall campus of sports facilities and fields with the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex area. All facilities will continue to provide a high-quality visitor experience for years to come.
Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2022. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.
Transformations: Burnaby Lake Aquatic and Arena community art project
The design for the new facility is inspired by the connection and transformation between people and the surrounding landscape over time. Show us what connects you to the nature around Burnaby Lake through the community art project Transformations: Burnaby Lake Aquatic and Arena as we get ready for construction to begin on the new facility!
We’re inviting the community to help create art for a temporary mural for the new Burnaby Lake Aquatic and Arena facility project.
Join us at an upcoming community art session at various recreation centres across the City to explore the connection between people and place with colours and shapes.
Community art sessions:
- October 29, 2:30-5:30 pm at C.G. Brown Memorial Pool (3702 Kensington Avenue)
- November 4, 4-7 pm at Bonsor Recreation Complex (6550 Bonsor Avenue)
- November 7, 5-8 pm at Kensington Complex (6159 Curtis Street)
- November 9, 4:30-7:30 pm at Christine Sinclair Community Centre (3713 Kensington Avenue)
- November 15, 4:30-7:30 pm at Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre (240 Willingdon Avenue)
- November 17, 4:30-7:30 pm at Edmonds Community Centre Lobby (7433 Edmonds Street)
- November 26, 11:30 am-2:30 pm at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West (3677 Kensington Avenue)
- New date! December 8, 11 am-2 pm at Tommy Douglas Library (7311 Kingsway)
How it works
Using colourful shapes and a template board, create transforming hexagonal patterns with colours inspired by Burnaby that express your connection to the local landscape of Burnaby Lake. The patterns created by the community will be assembled by local artist Mary-Ann Liu into a temporary mural depicting BC wildflowers and will decorate the project site fence once construction begins. The patterns you create will be photographed and sent to the artist to help inform the final mural design.
Have fun arranging the colours and shapes to make transforming patterns!