Burnaby planning a $200M new community centre

Monday, November 22, 2021

The City of Burnaby is planning to replace the aging Cameron Community Centre and Library with a modern and functional facility that will become the civic heart of Lougheed Town Centre.

The current community centre and library, located at 9523 Cameron Street near Lougheed Mall, has served northeast Burnaby residents for nearly 40 years but is no longer adequate as the surrounding area has grown and evolved.  Based on community input received over the past two years, the city has developed designs for a bright new centre that will better meet the needs of northeast Burnaby’s growing and changing population.

The proposed new design includes a range of learning, social, fitness and recreation amenities including:

  • new library
  • aquatic facility
  • double gymnasium
  • weight room and cardio facilities
  • indoor jogging and walking track
  • fitness studios
  • multi-purpose rooms
  • dedicated youth and seniors spaces
  • child minding and indoor and outdoor play areas
  • civic plaza.

The proposed new centre is designed to complement the existing park topography and natural features and will be surrounded by park and green space.

The new replacement Cameron Community Centre would quadruple the size of the community and recreational hub to more than 200,000 sq ft within three storeys.

The new facility includes a new 30,000 sq ft aquatic centre with a lap swimming pool, leisure pool with lazy river, and a large hot pool, as well as a 10,000 fitness gym overlooking the pools.

“We’re excited to see such a bold and modern design emerge from all the public input we received,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “The new Cameron Community Centre and Library will be the civic centrepiece of northeast Burnaby. We look forward to sharing the plans and hearing what the community has to say.”

Construction is expected to start in 2023 with completion in 2026.

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