The Langara Family YMCA serves more than 12,000 people each year. But the needs of the community are growing and the existing facility is too small and reaching the end of its useful life.

Simply expanding the existing building is not cost-effective. That's why the YMCA is taking the opportunity to build a larger new centre of community––a place to continue building resilient kids and strong families as our neighbourhood grows. Together, we can leverage the power of community to support one another, tackle our most pressing issues and provide more life-enhancing programs so everyone can thrive.

The New YMCA will be 50% Larger

The new South Vancouver YMCA will be about 60,000 square feet and will include these new amenities:

  • Three pools, including:
    • 25-metre recreational, fitness and lane pool
    • Warm water pool to facilitate an increase in children's swim lessons, family play and seniors' aquatic fitness and rehabilitation
    • Whirlpool on deck for therapeutic use
  • Change rooms that cater to all ages and abilities, including:
    • Universal/Family change room open to all
    • Men's and Women's change rooms
    • Membership Plus change rooms that provide extra amenities
  • Cafe for connecting with others
  • Family Zone that includes multipurpose gathering spaces with programs designed specifically for helping families grow strong
  • Rooftop social area to spend time resting or playing together outside
  • Child care serving infants, toddlers, 3-5 year olds, preschool and school age children
  • Multipurpose rooms and gathering spaces so the YMCA can offer community programs, including employment, youth, immigrant services, chronic disease management, mental health and education programs
  • Larger strength and conditioning areas so you can be your strongest self
  • Underground parking to make accessing the centre easier for you and your family

Helping you reach your full potential

More life-enhancing programming will be possible with this revitalization:

  • Youth will learn leadership skills, gain confidence and meet positive role models in a safe environment
  • New immigrants will meet others, practice English and learn about life in Canada so they feel more comfortable in their new home
  • People of all ages will learn job skills and get support to find fulfilling employment
  • Families will grow together by meeting other families and by getting the support they need to raise healthy children through programs designed specifically for them

Transitioning for the better

A new centre of community of this size requires that the existing Langara Family YMCA close for two years. We plan on closing in approximately early 2021 and re-opening around 2023. During the revitalization, we will continue to offer a number of programs elsewhere in the community, including YMCA Healthy Heart, table tennis and others.

Our beloved staff team will have the opportunity to apply to work at the new Coquitlam YMCA which is scheduled to open around the same time as Langara closes. We are growing our Y to serve more communities, and the number of job opportunities will grow with it.

Got a question or a concern?

For YMCA questions, please contact Samuel Lapating, General Manager of the Langara Family YMCA:

For questions about the development process and building concept, please contact Nicole Olenick:

Nicole Olenick, Planning Consultant
Coriolis Consulting Corp.