Bringing the outside in: Hillcrest Aquatic Centre

Wood use in aquatics

The Hillcrest Aquatic Centre forms part of the Riley Park Community Centre in Vancouver’s Hillcrest Park.

During the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the Community Centre served as the venue for curling events, while the pool building was a marshalling area for athletes.

The Aquatic Centre features a solid wood roof supported on Douglas-fir glulam beams that span up to 130 ft (43 m) across the main pool area. In keeping with the Vancouver Board of Parks’ ongoing commitment to sustainability, this facility was built to high environmental standards, targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold standard.

Aquatic Centre at Hillcrest Park
Photo credit: KK Law