Edmonds Pool set to make a splash in 2012

This time next year the people of Burnaby will be celebrating the holidays pool side.

The $30 million Edmonds Pool and Community Centre broke ground earlier this year and remains on schedule and budget. That means the multi-use centre will be ready to host holiday functions of every sort next season.

“Everything is going really well and the community centre remains on track to be open late in 2012,” says Mark Hentze, partner at CEI Architecture. “It’s going to add a very fun and welcoming recreational facility for families in the City of Burnaby.”

The aquatics centre features a six-lane, 25-metre pool, a leisure pool, warm swim and therapy lanes, a lazy river with two channels, and double waterslides. The community centre also features a 12,000-square-foot twin gymnasium, as well as multi-purpose rooms, child minding spaces, spaces for seniors and youth, art rooms, a fitness studio, a fitness centre and a central atrium social space that becomes a community living room.

Edmonds Pool and Community Centre has been designed with the needs of its culturally diverse Burnaby community in mind. For example, the pool change rooms will adopt the current trend towards universal/family change spaces but still offer gender-specific spaces with a high degree of privacy.

“It’s really a very interesting place,” says Mark Hentze. “It’s one of the most diverse multi-cultural communities we’ve ever worked in. Some of the people who will use the centre have come to Canada from countries in which the notion of a public community and aquatics centre is an entirely new concept. We received a lot of input from design workshops and a large design charrette in which many community groups participated directly and they really contributed to the program and design. We listened to what people felt would strengthen the community and responded to that.”

The building sits between Richmond Park to the north and the urban edge of Edmonds Street to the south. It creates the classically Canadian condition of the urban meeting the suburban. It is aimed at remaining as energy conscious as possible and is currently pursuing LEED Silver certification.

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