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VanSplash Aquatics Strategy

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Growing population and tourism means our pools and beaches are more popular than ever.

To address demand, the Vancouver Park Board is launching VanSplash, a public conversation on the future of Vancouver’s pools and beaches over the next decade.

We're looking at renewing aging facilities and exploring innovative options like a pop-up pool, natural outdoor pools, and ocean-based swimming.

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Phase 1 findings

Phase 1 included three components:

  1. A very successful public and stakeholder outreach, including more than 4,500 survey responses
  2. A current-state analysis of our aquatics system
  3. A precedent study to gain inspiration from other cities around the world

Read our Phase 1 findings PDF file (7 MB)

The findings will provide rationale and background for our analysis and draft recommendations in Phase 2. 

Project timeline

Here is our process and anticipated milestones.

  • Summer 2016

    Phase 1

    Review related policy, study global aquatic facility trends and opportunities, and assess the use, lifecycle, and needs of our aquatic facilities over the next 25 years

    • Jul 23 and 24 open houses
    • Jul 22-Sep 10 online survey
  • We are here
  • Spring – summer 2017

    Phase 2

    Create draft recommendations for a 10-year plan to:

    • Deliver aquatic services
    • Provide innovative aquatic services
    • Renew or replace existing indoor pools and wading pools
    • Build a new outdoor pool

    Continue to get input from the community, consultant, and aquatics staff

  • Fall 2017

    Phase 3

    Refine the draft recommendations and plan based on community and stakeholder feedback

  • Fall 2017

    Strategy considered by Board of Commissioners

    If adopted, implement the Aquatics Strategy over 10 years

Our pools and beaches

By City of Vancouver

Get to know the 9 indoor pools, 5 outdoor pools, and 11 swimming beaches managed by the Park Board in this slideshow. We also care for 17 wading pools, 15 spray parks, and 1 lake.

  • A growing city means our pools are more popular than ever

    By City of Vancouver

    New facilities in recent years, like Hillcrest Aquatic Centre, have also increased the number of annual swims.

  • Britannia Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 25-metre pool in Grandview-Woodland has a 1-metre diving board, rope swing, and small slide. It was built in 1975 and renovated in 1998. The facility is wheelchair accessible and also has a leisure pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, family change room, and fitness centre.

  • Hillcrest Aquatic Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    This 50-metre pool in Riley Park has a 1- and 3-metre diving board, 5-metre diving platform, beach entry, universal change rooms, movable floor, and 2 bulkheads that split the pool into different sections. It was built in 2010 as part of the Winter Olympic Games. The destination facility is wheelchair accessible and also has a leisure pool, lazy river, outdoor pool with spray features, whirlpool, steam room, sauna, fitness centre.

  • Kensington Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 15-metre leisure pool in Kensington has a whirlpool, sauna, and fitness centre. It was built in 1979. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

  • Kerrisdale Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 30-metre pool in Kerrisdale has a 1-metre diving board and small slide. It was built in 1955 and renovated in 1996. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

  • Killarney Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 25-metre pool in Killarney has a 1-metre diving board and 3-metre diving platform. The adjacent 15-metre leisure pool has spray features, a lazy river, large slide, whale tail, bubble pit, and climbing wall. It was built in 2006. The facility is wheelchair accessible and also has a whirlpool, steam room, ozone-treated water, universal change rooms, and fitness centre.

  • Lord Byng Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 25-metre pool in West Point Grey has a diving board, rope swing, and small slide. It was built in 1974. The facility is wheelchair accessible and has a whirlpool, sauna, and fitness centre.

  • Renfrew Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 25-metre pool in Renfrew has a 1-metre diving board, small slide, and bubble pit. It was built in 1963 and renovated in 1970 and 2005. The facility is wheelchair accessible and also has a whirlpool, sauna, family change room, and fitness centre.

  • Templeton Park Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 25-metre pool in Hastings-Sunrise has a 1-metre diving board, rope swing, and small slide. It was built in 1974. The facility is wheelchair accessible and also has a leisure pool, whirlpool, sauna, and fitness centre.

  • Vancouver Aquatic Centre

    By City of Vancouver

    This 50-metre pool in the West End has 1- and 3-metre diving boards, 5-, 7.5-, and 10-metre diving platforms, a rope swing, small slide, and movable bulkhead. It was built in 1974. The facility is wheelchair accessible and also has a leisure pool, dive tank, whirlpool, sauna, family change room, beachers, and fitness centre.

  • Hillcrest Aquatic Centre outdoor pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This outdoor pool has spray features and is open during the summer from Victoria Day to Labour Day.

  • Kitsilano Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 137.5-metre pool in Kitsilano has 50-metre lanes, 3 small slides, beach entry, and salt water. It was built in 1979. The destination facility is wheelchair accessible.

  • Maple Grove Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This free-form family leisure pool in Kerrisdale has beach entry, 4 feature fountains, and a 1-metre depth. It was built in 1995. The facility is wheelchair accessible and has changerooms and a café.

  • New Brighton Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 55-metre pool in Hastings-Sunrise has 25-metre lanes, beach entry, and a small slides. It was built in 1973. The facility is wheelchair accessible and has change rooms and a concession.

  • Second Beach Pool

    By City of Vancouver

    This 110-metre pool in Stanley Park has 50-m lanes, 3 small slides, and beach entry. It was built in 1995. The destination facility is wheelchair accessible and has change rooms and a concession.

  • English Bay Beach

    By City of Vancouver

    Downtown's busiest beach next to the Seawall has a concession stand, Cactus Club Cafe, public washrooms, beach umbrella and chair rentals, kayak rentals, a swimming raft with a large slide, 2 sand volleyball courts, and a beach wheelchair.

  • Jericho Beach

    By City of Vancouver

    Between Kitsilano and West Point Grey, Jericho Beach caters to people swimming, sailing, and windsurfing. The beach has a concession, public washrooms, playing fields, tennis courts, picnic tables, a swimming raft, a beach wheelchair, the Jericho Sailing Centre, and the Vancouver-Jericho Beach Hostel.

  • Kitsilano Beach

    By City of Vancouver

    Kits Beach is connected to the Seawall and has a concession, the Boathouse Waterfront Restaurant, public washrooms, tennis and basketball courts, a playground, and a swimming raft.

  • Locarno Beach

    By City of Vancouver

    This quiet beach between Jericho and Spanish Banks beaches has a concession, public washrooms, 6 volleyball courts, picnic tables, a swimming raft, and free parking.

  • Second Beach

    By City of Vancouver

    Near the Seawall, English Bay entrance to Stanley Park, and Ceperley Meadow, Second Beach has a concession, public washrooms, a playground, and a picnic shelter that you can reserve.

  • Spanish Banks Beach (East, West, and Extension)

    By City of Vancouver

    The longest and widest beach in Vancouver has 2 concessions, public washrooms, picnic tables, 16 volleyball courts, free parking, 2 dog off-leash areas, and a kiteboarding launch zone.

  • Sunset Beach

    By City of Vancouver

    At the entrance of False Creek downtown, this quiet beach has a concession, public washrooms, and access to False Creek Ferries and Vancouver Aquatic Centre.

  • Third Beach

    By City of Vancouver

    Shielded from city noise, Stanley Park's Third Beach has a concession and public washrooms.

  • Trout Lake Beach

    By City of Vancouver

    In Grandview's John Hendry Park, Trout Lake Beach has a concession, public washrooms, a swimming raft, a picnic area, a dog off-leash area, playing fields, and free parking.