From casual play to sporting excellent
Replacing the aging Burnaby Lake Arena and CG Brown Pool—while maintaining the Bill Copeland spectator arena—the new facility will include a NHL-sized ice rink, a destination aquatic centre, and various informal gathering and play areas.
The aquatic centre includes a ten lane Olympic-sized pool, with a moveable floor and bulkheads that enable competition, training, and community swimming. Seating for 750 spectators—with capacity for an additional 250 seats — brings atmosphere to formal events, while three diving platforms—one-metre, three-metre, and five-metre heights—add to the sense of theatre.
But the aquatic facility isn’t just for competition. A six lane, 25-metre pool, a leisure pool, a family-sized hot pool, a wellness zone, sauna, and steam rooms all welcome community participation. All amenities are fully accessible through ramps and lifts, and universal washrooms and gender neutral change rooms are available throughout the building.
Beyond the pools, a café and atrium with views into both arena and aquatic program spaces provide important social spaces and contribute to the new facility being a welcoming space for people to meet up, hang out, and relax.