About this project
The new Confederation Park Community Centre will be a focal point for Burnaby’s growing northwest quadrant, bringing together existing facilities and providing new and improved spaces for arts, fitness and recreational activities. The Burnaby Public Library McGill Branch (built in 2001) and the Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre (built in 1992) will be retained and form part of the new complex. The Confederation Community Centre for Seniors (built in 1971 and expanded in 1988) will be replaced with new, modern facilities inside the new centre.
The new 3-level facility will be built adjacent to the pool and library at the corner of Willingdon Ave and Albert St, and will feature:
- 2 gymnasiums and locker rooms
- fitness centre with weights and cardio equipment
- dedicated seniors’ facility with snooker room
- childminding, indoor play area, youth lounge
- multipurpose and meeting rooms
Outside, the site will feature extensive landscaping and public space, and a dramatic linear gateway plaza that will lead people from the street through the complex and into the park.
Covered sports box
In addition to the Confederation Park Community Centre, a new outdoor covered sports box will be built in the park next to the children's spray park in the vicinity of the existing sports box. The features of the covered sports box include:
- covered roof for rain protection
- lit space
- multi-use floor surface
- storage, washrooms, spectator seating
Project engagement phases
Phase 1–fall 2019
In September and October 2019, residents and stakeholders had the opportunity to provide their feedback about their needs and preferences for recreation, culture and leisure facilities in northwest Burnaby. We held a survey to gather community feedback as well as hosted 2 community pop-up events and focus groups sessions. The feedback from these public engagement activities, combined with the 2019 Northwest Needs Assessment, helped to inform the activity preferences, trends and future space needs for the area. The Needs Assessment and schematic designs were reviewed and approved by Council in August 2021.
Phase 2–summer 2022
In June and July 2022, we shared the schematic designs with the public and asked them to share their feedback throughout July 2022 to help inform the preliminary design before undertaking the detailed design work. Over 550 people shared their voice through an online survey, 2 in-person drop-in open houses and a virtual open house and 3 focus group sessions. The open houses and focus groups included a presentation on the proposed amenity spaces and participants had the opportunity to meet the project team, ask questions and learn more about the project.