Wesbrook Village has been at the forefront of some of the most exciting real estate developments taking place within UBC’s growing campus. Their latest endeavor promises to be a draw for area families not just within Wesbrook, but from all over the western side of Vancouver. Named the Wesbrook Community Centre, this 2,082 square metre facility boasts state-of-the-art environmental design using flowing indoor/outdoor architecture.
The facility was built both as a way to draw community members closer together and also to supplement the already-diverse amenities offered at the ultra-modern Wesbrook Village development. Recently-opened, the Wesbrook Community Centre promises to become a mainstay in the lives of UBC campus and area residents.
Everything, Including the Kitchen Sink
When planning Wesbrook Village, a community centre was viewed as an integral component of the community design. UBC’s University Neighborhoods Association (UNA) intended to provide a recreational centre that could be used for physical activities, community classes and simple everyday gatherings.
To accommodate these goals, the Wesbrook Community Centre was constructed with a large gymnasium and fitness centre, complete with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and hard surface ball courts. Outside, the Wesbrook fields provide chances for both organized community sports and impromptu “pick up” games that help strengthen community bonds while enjoying British Columbia’s gorgeous outdoors.
Back inside the centre, several large multi-purpose rooms serve as bookable venues for community classes, programs, presentations and events. Private parties are permitted, as well as structured, university-related community activities. Wesbrook residents can expect a full array of fitness and educational classes that can range from yoga to foreign language instruction to cooking classes. A daycare centre is also provided, which will be a blessing for young parents who must work or attend classes for significant stretches of their day.
Finally, a coffee shop, teen centre, games room and multipurpose open lounge areas all allow young school children and adults alike to find a spot to unwind or meet new people after a hard week of classes and work.
Part of a Larger Community Plan
Looking at the building itself, UNA designed the Wesbrook Community Centre to abide by the strictest environmental and sustainability standards. It is LEED Gold certified, and the majority of building materials consist of cutting-edge wood technology that has an extremely low environmental impact.
The construction of the Wesbrook Community Centre fulfills an element within a larger set of community goals as Wesbrook Village and the surrounding UBC residential area expands. Two more, smaller community centres will be added, as will a grocery market and a thriving small business community. UNA is even exploring the possibility of translating some outdoor space into a children’s water park.
In general, the Wesbrook Village planning implementation serves as an exemplary model for other communities that emphasize togetherness and efficiency over isolation and wasted space. Wesbrook is an open community, too, evidence by the fact that anywhere who owns or lives near the UBC homes will have open access to register for events and activities within the facility.
Come become a part of this exciting and inviting movement by purchasing a home on or near the UBC campus within walking or biking distance of the brand new Wesbrook Community Centre. You can take a look at our UBC home listings to get started.