One of the earliest community centres to be built in Vancouver, Kerrisdale Community Centre was constructed in 1952 through a local improvement by-law initiative whereby residents in the area agreed to directly fund facility building costs. Serving a neighbourhood comprised of a growing senior's population with a recent influx of young families there is something for everyone available through this very popular centre. Kerrisdale Community Centre is located at West 42nd Avenue and West Boulevard, just one block south of the bustling, village business district. An indoor pool, gymnasium, public library and seniors' wing comprise the main building complex with Kerrisdale's Cyclone Taylor Skating Arena (with summer indoor play area) sited just two blocks away. Recreation programs of all description, for all ages can be found here along with swimming programs, lessons and a well-equipped fitness centre. Pottery, dance, health and fitness programs plus an indoor children's play area can all be found at Kerrisdale Community Centre. Outdoor amenities include a children's playground and a lovely hybrid tea rose garden at the west end of the centre's surrounding park.
Established in 1958 through a local improvement by-law initiative whereby residents in the area agreed to directly fund original building costs, this busy centre is located on Memorial Park West (7.5 hectares), a verdant greensward bounded by large shade trees and comprising playfields, playgrounds and a bank of six tennis courts. The park's original name was Dunbar Park but this was changed following World War I to Memorial Park. The "West" was added onto the park's name following the amalgamation of West Point Grey and South Vancouver Municipalities with the City of Vancouver where a park with the same name already existed.
The community centre is positioned near the corner of West 33rd Avenue and Dunbar Street onlya short block from the busy Dunbar shopping district. Dunbar Community Centre serves a multi-cultural residential community of all ages. A wide and diverse number of recreational programs and activities are on-tap here including outdoor lawn bowling plus seasonal special events. Dunbar's very active fitness centre was recently expanded through a joint Park Board/Community Centre.
One of Vancouver's oldest Community Centres, the Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre was founded in 1951 as part of a grassroots movement to provide indoor public recreation services while commemorating those Vancouverites lost in the Second World War. Located on the western portion of beautiful Connaught Park (5.99 hectares) at Larch Street and West 12th Avenue, Kitsilano Community Centre also offers a full-size indoor ice rink open from October to May for public skating and lessons. Serving a diverse ethnic neighbourhood comprised of all ages, this facility provides general recreation programs including group fitness classes, youth lounge, senior's lounge, special needs youth program and a Fall-to-Spring educational preschool. The fully equipped fitness centre with sauna, whirlpool and personal training programs, is one of the city's most popular and opens 365 days a year. Outdoors offers a large playground adjacent to the centre. Recent additions include an expanded fitness centre and a newly installed sprung, hardwood dance floor and multi-purpose room.