The new Timms Community Centre is more than three times the size of the original facility that was set up in the old library.
That building was demolished to make room for the new 35,000 square foot LEED silver facility.
Chief Administrative Officer Francis Cheung said it was the programming the City wanted to offer to residents that drove the need for the size as well as the different rooms.
“I heard over and over again from council members, ‘we’re a small community, $14.3 million dollars is a big budget for a community our size, there is only one chance at doing this and we want to do it right’,” said Cheung.
Through discussions with user groups and reviews of programming, the original plan for about 19,000 square feet was revealed to be too small for the community’s needs.
The new centre was built to appeal to many kinds of users.
A new gym features retractable bleachers and a division curtain to allow for multiple programs, but perhaps one of the most interesting features in the gymnasium is found above.
On the second floor is a three-lane, 121-metre walking track. Complete with glass railings, the walking track offers views of the gym area below with a range of sights to the north and west of the facility through the expanse of windows.
It can be used for walking or running, and baby strollers are allowed on it.
Also on the second floor is a community kitchen and four multi-purpose rooms.
There is also a fitness room on the second level with a sprung wood floor.
Downstairs, users of the facility will find a games room filled with billiard tables and air hockey as well as tables and chairs to facilitate card games, puzzles, or other activities. Next to the games room is the weight room equipped with TechnoGym equipment and free weights. Nearby is a room filled with spin bikes and the audio and video equipment.
There’s a large, open, and naturally lit atrium area that connects the community centre to the library and City hall. Entrances are off both Douglas Crescent and Fraser Highway. There is a cafe near the centrally located reception desk and a living wall of plants visible from both floors.
“Every room in this building is really bright,” said Cheung. “It was important to us, and to the architect, to make use of natural light.”
The centre includes another attraction – the fenced outdoor gym area.
“It’s a 20-foot by 40-foot soft play area,” Cheung said.
Accessible from both the games room and the weight room, the outdoor gym has a rubberized surface set into the concrete slab. A number of activities will be offered outside in warm weather from yoga classes to ping pong.