Vancouver’s community centres are a fantastic way to engage local families and promote an active lifestyle. Hillcrest Community Centre is no exception, and its constant hustle and bustle is a perfect demonstration of how well the centre is enjoyed by the community.
Formerly the site of the curling events for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic games, the centre has an NHL sized ice rink. In addition to housing the current Vancouver Curling Club, the centre contains an Aquatic Centre with an Olympic sized swimming pool and aquafit classes for all ages. Afterwards, members can enjoy the hot tub, steam room or sauna.
For children, there are skating or swimming classes, as well as preschool and reading programs at the public library. The Terry Salman Vancouver Public Library branch has a quiet study area as well as a multi-purpose room for additional study space. This room is also converted to an activity space for children and ESL programs, with the schedule easily found on the door. Outside the building, there are sports fields and an enclosed preschool playground for those little ones to burn off some energy.
Upstairs, the centre contains a small gym and stationary bike area where member can take Cycle Fit classes. Drop-in activities include sports, arts, music, and cultural programs. Programs like Yoga Made for Runners, Minds in Motion for people with early Alzheimer’s, and parent & child Sportball cater to all ages and abilities. Other miscellaneous games rooms provide space for ping pong, dance, badminton, basketball, and volleyball.
After a good workout, there’s nothing better than treating yourself to a delicious bite to eat. Blue Parrot Café serves organic coffee and a wide variety of healthy food options. My personal favourite is the hearty meal chilli.
Hillcrest Community Centre is located at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, north of Queen Elizabeth Park, west of Riley Park, and next to Nat Bailey Baseball Stadium.