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.
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. We recently invited the community to join art sessions at recreation facilities across Burnaby to create art for a temporary mural as we get ready for construction to begin.
Using transforming hexagonal shapes and colours inspired by Burnaby, residents of all ages created patterns that expressed what connects them to the nature around Burnaby Lake.
What's happening now?
Local artist Mary-Ann Liu is using the patterns created by the community to create a design for a temporary mural depicting BC wildflowers that will decorate the project site fence once construction begins. Thank you to everyone who participated and stay tuned for more information.