This recreation facility has a long history, one entwined with that of beautiful Douglas Park. The building site was once the location for a popular park pavilion which stood from 1928 until the Douglas Park Community Hall was constructed in 1966 and has evolved over the decades into one of Vancouver's most popular neighbourhood recreational facilities. Located near the centre of Douglas Park's tree-lined 13 acres, the community centre offers a wide range of programs for all ages but with a strong focus on preschool and school age activities. New programming for youth has resulted in a featured skateboard activity along with expanded offerings for seniors and people with disabilities. A half gymnasium, popular exercise room and numerous activity rooms round out this facility's jam-packed recreational agenda.
The newly opened Hillcrest Centre, a legacy of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, provides a gathering place for community to enjoy recreational activities in a spectacular setting. The Hillcrest Centre was converted from its role as curling and wheelchair curling 2010 Games competition venue, to a stunning facility featuring Vancouver’s newest and largest pool complex with indoor and outdoor pools. In addition, it boasts a community centre, an NHL-sized ice rink, a public library (Terry Salman Branch), Vancouver Curling Club, fitness centre including an indoor cycling room, gymnasium, dance studio, several multi-purpose spaces, pre-school, out-door field houses and Park Board administration offices. Located at Ontario Street and East 30th Avenue, the centre is surrounded to the west and north by Queen Elizabeth and Hillcrest parks. These parks support formal gardens, the Bloedel Conservatory, a pitch & putt golf course, newly renovated playfields and Nat Bailey Baseball Stadium