Artist's rendering of the new Coquitlam YMCA

On December 9, city council in Coquitlam, B.C. approved – with a standing ovation – the final project plans for a new YMCA in their community. The joint project of the City of Coquitlam, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, and Concert Properties, which is more than five years in the planning, will bring recreation services, community amenities, and housing that will contribute to the rapidly developing Burquitlam neighbourhood.

The green light means that construction will begin immediately on the new 68,500-square-foot YMCA centre of community. The centre will include everything found in a typical Lower Mainland YMCA, including an aquatic centre, gymnasium, fitness spaces, multipurpose rooms, and a Family Development Centre. As a result of the three-party partnership, the YMCA will be the central hub in a rapidly growing neighbourhood surrounded by new and improved park spaces, a Community Police Station, rapid transit, as well as rental, strata, and affordable housing options.

This is another example of innovative partnerships YMCAs are building in communities across the country. The YMCA of Greater Vancouver, which will operate the YMCA facility and co-own it with the City, will contribute about $38 million in capital funding and pay all operating costs for the life of the building. A local community capital campaign of $4 million is underway in Coquitlam as part of the regional $40 million What Really Matters Capital Campaign.

For more information, visit the What Really Matters website.