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Joint Operating Agreement between Community Centre Associations and Vancouver Park Board

New Park Board agreement with community centres

Donnie Rosa, Director of ReacreationMessage from Donnie Rosa, Director of Recreation – Vancouver Park Board

2018 saw the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and Community Centre Association (CCA) partners embark on an exciting new chapter in their relationship through the renewal and implementation of Joint Operating Agreements (JOA) with 17 Associations.

CCAs who have signed onto the new agreement include: Champlain, Douglas Park, Dunbar, False Creek, Hastings, Kerrisdale, Killarney, Kitsilano, Marpole-Oakridge, Mount Pleasant, Renfrew, Roundhouse, Strathcona, Thunderbird, Trout Lake, West End/Coal Harbour, West Point Grey.

The renewed JOA affirms the Vancouver Park Board’s continued commitment to community engagement through a strong working relationship with the CCAs. The renewed JOA also clarifies the roles and responsibilities of both the Park Board and the CCAs for offering programming and services to the public, and to help ensure access to recreation services is maximized for all residents in all communities across Vancouver.

Now that 17 are signed, here's what's new at those community centres

Some Community Centre Associations have been offering benefits, discounts and free membership to their communities for years. Under the new JOA, residents will be able to access the following benefits, discounts and free membership across the city (with the exception of Sunset, Kensington and Hillcrest community centres).

1

OneCard and Flexipass will be accepted citywide

Use your OneCard and Flexipass across the city at all pools, rinks, and fitness centres. 

2

Low-income discounts will be available at all community centres

Your Leisure Access Pass will be valid at any centre.

3

Full access to community centres – no membership fees required

Under the new JOA, membership at all community centres will be free. 

4

New system-wide recreation programs

Access new programs that will be developed collaboratively and offered across the city. 

 New JOA's have not been signed with Sunset, Kensington, or Hillcrect Community Centers. 

CCAs: valued partners

CCAs are valued partners in service delivery and play an important role in Vancouver’s recreation system.

21 of Vancouver’s community centres are operated in collaboration with CCAs who:   

  • Design and operate programs that reflect local needs
  • Foster community engagement
  • Drive volunteer recruitment
  • Deliver many special events for communities

The Vancouver Park Board

The Vancouver Park Board has responsibility for system-wide delivery of recreation services under the Vancouver Charter. The Vancouver Park Board:

  • Extends the use of community centre buildings to CCAs through a Joint Operating Agreement
  • Maintains and operates the facilities
  • Hires staff
  • Oversees the provision of programming and services in the facilities
  • Is responsible for pools, ice rinks, and many fitness centres

All about our community centres

By City of Vancouver

Vancouver has 24 community centres with pools, rinks, fitness centres, meeting rooms, libraries, and childcare with programs for people of all ages and abilities to play, exercise, learn, and connect with others in their neighbourhood.

  • Britannia Community Services Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, teen/youth centre, seniors centre, carving pavilion, indoor pool, ice rink, fitness centre, tennis court, art gallery, and library

  • Champlain Heights Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, youth centre, fitness centre with sauna, indoor cycling, dance studio, squash and racquetball courts, tennis court, and playground

  • Coal Harbour Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Multi-purpose rooms, dance studio, gymnasium, and playground

  • Creekside Community Recreation Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, fitness centre, gymnasium, dance and yoga studios, meeting and event spaces, paddling launch, kayak and dragon boat centre, and waterfront restaurant

  • Douglas Park Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, teen/youth centre, pottery studio, fitness room, tennis court, sports fields, and wading pool

  • Dunbar Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Dance studio, gemstone lab, sauna and whirlpool, fitness centre with indoor cycling, squash courts, playground, and tennis court

  • False Creek Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, dance and pottery studios, fitness centre with sauna, tennis court, water park, boat launch, and paddling sports

  • Hastings Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, family drop-in centre, gymnasium, computer lab, games room, fitness centre, racquetball court, tennis court, playground, and water park

  • Hillcrest Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Aquatic centre, fitness centre, ice rink, gymnasium, indoor cycling, multi-purpose rooms, games room, dance studio, playgrounds, childcare centre, and café

  • Kensington Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Preschool, pottery studio, dance studio, seniors' centre, swimming pool, fitness centre with sauna and whirlpool, and skateboard park

  • Kerrisdale Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Youth centre, seniors centre, playground, games room, gynmasium, and fitness centre

  • Killarney Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, computer lab, games room, youth centre, snack bar, dance studio, swimming pool, ice rink, fitness centre with steam room and whirlpool, tennis court, and playground

  • Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, special needs activities, youth centre, seniors lounge, dance studio, ice rink, fitness centre with sauna and whirlpool, and playground

  • Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Preschool, youth centre, dance and music studios, gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, snack bar, racquetball court, fitness centre with sauna and whirlpool, tennis court, water park, and playground

  • Mount Pleasant Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare centre, games room, dance and yoga studios, gym with climbing wall, fitness centre with steam room, café, and library

  • Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare  centre, fitness centre, gym, drop-in lounge, games room, media lab, multipurpose rooms, and basketball and sport courts

  • Renfrew Park Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Games room, computer lab, multi-purpose rooms, swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, and whirlpool

  • Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Child care centre, dance studio, pottery studio, woodworking studio, gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, exhibition space, and a 200-seat theatre

  • Strathcona Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, preschool, breakfast and food security programs, fitness centre, and playground

  • Sunset Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, preschool, multi-purpose rooms, fitness centre, playground, and dance studio

  • Thunderbird Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, playground, games room, computer lab, multi-purpose rooms, and fitness centre

  • Trout Lake Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Preschool, youth centre, seniors centre, music room, multi-purpose rooms, indoor cycling, and pottery/craft/performing arts studios, café, ice rink, outdoor festival plaza, and fitness centre with steam room

  • West End Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Childcare, preschool, youth centre, seniors centre, dark room, pottery studio, auditorium, racquetball and squash courts, dance studio, indoor cycling, ice rink, fitness centre with steam room, and library

  • West Point Grey Community Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    Youth centre, games room, computer lab, fitness centre, gymnasium, pottery studio, tennis court, and playground